HAMPSTEAD, N.C. (WECT) - Officials say a body was found inside a home that was destroyed by an early morning fire Tuesday.
Fire crews responded to 65 Tree Top Court shortly after 1:30 a.m. for a structure fire.
After the fire was suppressed, a body was found inside the residence.
The Pender County Sheriff’s Office says positive identification of the victim is pending the medical examiners report.
A 911 caller reported an explosion and fire at the home on Treetop Court.
“I think the original call did call in and say it was some kind of explosion and speaking with some of the fireman on scene they believe they heard some of the popping and crackling of the fire and it was called in by a neighbor this morning,” said Tommy Batson, Pender County Fire Marshal.
Pamela Fritz and her husband have lived beside the home for 20 years. Fritz said her husband woke her up after he thought he heard an explosion.
“I called 911 right away and, of course, by the time they got here, the fire was just 30-foot flames,” said Fritz. "I mean it was just terrible.”
“I also called the neighbor that was back [behind the woods] in case the woods caught on fire," said Fritz. “They came out and watched the fire with us for a couple of hours. I just can’t believe it. We are really praying for the whole family and make sure everybody’s OK.”
The cause of the fire is still under investigation.