WASHINGTON, N.C. (WNCT)- The cause of a fire in Beaufort County is still under investigation. Fire crews responded to the home on VOA Rd. in Washington shortly after 4 p.m. Monday.
Family said the fire sent two people, a 13-year-old and a 38-year-old, to the hospital with burns. They said the 38-year-old, identified as Shamika Moore, was later transported to UNC’s Burn Center.
Although Clarks Neck Fire Department was leading the charge, several other agencies also responded. Fire Chief Bryan Dixon said it may take a while to figure out the cause.
“You go back to the point of origin, and you can determine that by the burn patterns,” he said.
Dixon said it appeared the fire started near the heater, which used wood. He also said an oxygen tank in the home only added fuel to the flames when it exploded.
Quintin Moore, who lived in the home, said he was in the back gathering wood when the fire broke out. He said he acted quickly to get his niece and nephew, mother and two sisters out of the house.
“I’ve got a little infant niece, a little nephew in there. I had to get them out,” Moore said.
The Red Cross was also on the scene to provide the family food, shelter and clothing.
Dixon said he is proud of his volunteer crew who responded so quickly.