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Victim in fatal fire identified, cause of fire unknown

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By Tyler Stocks
The Daily Reflector

Thursday, May 31, 2018

A man found dead after a fire near the Pitt County Fairgrounds on Saturday died of smoke inhalation and no foul play is suspected, the Pitt County Sheriff’s Office reported on Thursday.

Firefighters found the body of Bryan Carr, 34, about 2:30 p.m. after extinguishing a fire at 3701 Reggie Court, according to sheriff’s office spokesman Lt. Kip Gaskins. Carr had been living in a building at the address for an undetermined amount of time, he said. 

He said on Thursday that Carr died from smoke inhalation. The state Medical Examiner’s office said Carr died from smoke inhalation and thermal burns. 

The cause of the fire had yet to be determined, Pitt County Fire Marshal Allen Everette said Thursday. 

“Given the condition of the shed when it was found and the lack of witnesses, we may never know what caused the fire,” Everette said.

Staton House and Pactolus Fire Departments were dispatched to the fire at 2:14 p.m. Mike Hobgood, the daytime incident commander for Staton House Fire Department, said the circumstances surrounding the fire seemed unusual.

“Nobody called it in and it was a deputy sheriff who happened to be in the area who radioed it in,” Hobgood said.  

When fire crews arrived, Hobgood said there was little left to extinguish. 

“It had been burning for a while and all we did when we got there was put out a few hot spots, and then we realized there was a body inside.” 

After finding the body, Hobgood said crews turned things over to the sheriff’s office for deputies to handle the death investigation. 

“When we found a body, it went from a fire scene to a crime scene,” Hobgood said. 

Gaskins said no deputy was in the area of the fire. He said neighbors contacted the property owner, who then called 911. 

“We are not treating this as a homicide or as a criminal investigation,” Gaskins said.

The shed was located behind mobile homes and debris piles around a dirt courtyard off of Jaskson Avenue.

Several people were about in the neighborhood on Wednesday but none would comment.

Several red heart-shaped balloons were tied to a street sign marking the intersection of Reggie Court and Jackson Avenue. 

Contact Tyler Stocks at tstocks@reflector.com or 252-329-9566. Follow him on Twitter @TylerstocksGDR

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