Jacksonville pawn shop fire brought under control, no foul play suspected

JACKSONVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – Shannon O’Toole, of the State Bureau of Investigation, said Friday that no foul play is suspected in the Stop & Pawn fire.

They worked with a limited assistance case and finished Thursday afternoon. The origin of the fire was determined to be in a void space located above the ceiling. The fire’s exact cause is still undermined.

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Investigators say this stop and pawn shop is a total loss. The owners say they’re at a loss for words.

“I got a call saying my building was on fire, down here in about ten minutes and the flames were coming through the roof,” said Chris Heath, the Manager at Stop & Pawn.

Firefighters spent the early morning hours pumping hundreds of thousands of gallons of water onto the fire.

It took crews over three hours to contain it and all that remains is remnants of the shop.

“We would say it’s about a 90 percent loss, there is one section of the building that the fire did not reach and that was based on the type of construction,” said John Reed, Fire Marshal for Jacksonville Fire and Emergency Services.

Investigators are still looking into how the fire started. Detectives do not believe any foul play is suspected.

“At this point it’s too early to tell, we still need to get inside and look around,” said Reed.

Now, the manager is left to pick up the pieces of a family run business.

“40 years gone in a couple of hours that’s about it,” said Heath.

The fire marshal says the SBI will help the investigation due to the amount of damage.

The alcohol tobacco and firearms agency will also get involved because of the number of guns sold at the shop.

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JACKSONVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – A morning fire that shut down a part of Lejeune Boulevard has been brought under control.

“This is currently a working fire involving all JFES units” stated Deputy Chief Spencer Lee of Jacksonville Fire and Emergency Services.  “Fire units from Camp Lejeune Fire Department, Piney Green Fire Department, Pumpkin Center Fire Department and Onslow County EMS were dispatched for assistance and have been working the incident.”

Firefighters have worked throughout Thursday morning to put out the fire at the Stop and Pawn at 1847 Lejeune Boulevard. Westbound lanes of Highway 24 from Western Boulevard to Pine Valley road were closed during the incident.

A limited opening of Lejeune Blvd is underway.

Crews will still be on scene for the next several hours cleaning up equipment, investigating the fire, and assisting the property/business owners with any salvaging of belongings.

No one was injured during the incident.

The North Carolina State Bureau of Investigations is assisting with the fire investigation.

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