House fire probe underway

Published 9:46 am Thursday, October 22, 2009

AHOSKIE – What caused a fire that destroyed a single-wide mobile home here Tuesday afternoon is under investigation by the Ahoskie Police Department.

On Wednesday morning, APD Lt. Detective Jeremy Roberts launched his investigation of the fire, which occurred at 252 NC 561 East. Roberts told the Roanoke-Chowan News-Herald that the investigation is ongoing.

Four units of the Ahoskie Rural Fire Department were on the scene Tuesday shortly past 5 p.m. The home, owned by Morgan Watford, was fully engulfed upon arrival of the firefighters.

“We were unable to tell where the fire originated, but we did note that the bulk of the flames visible upon our arrival were in the middle of the mobile home,” Ahoskie Rural Fire Chief Michael Bradley said.

Chief Bradley said to his knowledge there was no one inside the home at the time of the fire.

The 18 Ahoskie Rural firefighters responding to the blaze were on the scene for two hours. NC 561 between US 13 (Memorial Drive) and the DT Road was closed during that time.

Bradley said Ahoskie Police and Hertford County Sheriff’s deputies provided traffic control. Hertford County EMS also responded to the scene.

No injuries were reported.