Body discovered after overnight Jacksonville fire

JACKSONVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – One person is dead after an overnight fire in Jacksonville.

Police said a homeless man was seeking shelter in an abandoned cargo trailer that caught fire.

Crews got to the scene at 3 Dickens Street around 2 a.m. Friday and quickly put it out.

“Firefighters responding found a storage trailer behind the residence fully engulfed in flames. The fire was swiftly contained and extinguished,” said JFES Division Chief Shaun Hayes.

Shortly thereafter, public safety personnel found the body in the fire ruins.  Investigators with Jacksonville Police, Jacksonville Fire and Emergency Services and NC SBI are working together on the open and active death investigation.

People who live in the area said it is not the first time a fire has occurred in one of the trailers, and homeless people regularly hang out in the area.

“It’s generally safe,” said Tim Moye, who works near the scene.  “You don’t see a lot of police activity. You do see a lot of people walking through here. Other than that there’s been an abandoned warehouse there for years. I don’t know why they don’t just tear it down and get rid of it.”

Police say foul play is not suspected at this time, and the investigation is ongoing.

The man’s identity has not bee released pending notification of next of kin.

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