ROCKY POINT, NC (WWAY) – A man is homeless tonight after a fire destroyed his Rocky Point mobile home.
Pender County’s Director of Emergency Management, Tom Collins, said mobile homes tend to hold in heat and burn quicker than most homes.
“The heavy fire damage was confined to mostly the bedroom area, but the house is pretty much destroyed,” said Collins.
Investigators say neighbors called for help just before 5 o’clock Wednesday evening. They speculate the fire had been burning for quite some time before officials got the call.
“This looks like a well seeded fire, so it’s probably been burning some time before anyone even noticed it,” said Collins.
It took multiple fire departments to put out the blaze. Long Creek, Rocky Point, Burgaw, Atkinson, and Hampstead crews all responded to 65 Turkey Creek Road. Officials attribute this to the water supply in the area.
“The water supply isn’t the best in the world so that’s why you have to call in,” said Collins.
Investigators say the homeowner was intoxicated and wasn’t making much sense when they were questioning him. He was not injured.
“Right now we know we have one tenant and we are trying to get some help for him through the Red Cross,” said Collins.
Officials are also seeking help with their investigation.
“We’ve asked for assistance from the SBI just to rule out any foul play or anything like that,” said Collins.
Officials are still searching for what caused the fire.
Collins said Pender County has averaged one to two structure fires a week since the beginning of this year.