Officials investigate suspicious fire that destroyed home

JAMES CITY, CRAVEN COUNTY - Officials are investigating what they call a suspicious fire that destroyed a house in James City early Thursday morning.

The fire happened at a house on Scott Street. Firefighters arrived at the scene at 1:58 a.m. Thursday and stayed until 5:30 a.m., according to Assistant Fire Marshal Ira Whitford.

A witness, Tony Cook, was leaving work from the airport when he saw smoke.

"We saw the smoke and the orange glow in the distance, and you know, you get that gut feeling," Cook said.

Cook and a few co-workers followed the smoke to find a house fully engulfed in flames.

CLICK HERE: More photos of the fire (Credit: Tony Cook).

Stanley Kite, the director of Craven County Emergency Services, said the house was vacant and is now a total loss. No injuries were reported.

According to Kite, the fire is considered suspicious, but no arrest has been made. The Craven County Sheriff's Office is investigating.

Photos courtesy of Tony Cook, good Samaritan who was first on scene.

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