ONSLOW COUNTY -

A fire destroyed an Onslow County home and killed several pets inside Wednesday afternoon.

The scene is at the corner of Dressler Drive and Greencrest Circle, off Highway 258 just outside Jacksonville. According to crews at the scene, the owner was not home when the residence caught fire at about 2:30 p.m. Wednesday. But three animals inside died.

Crews said they were able to put out the fire within half an hour. The home is a total loss, said investigators, who are looking into the cause.

No injuries were reported.

The Southwest, Rhodestown and Verona Volunteer Fire Departments responded to the blaze.