SBI, fire marshal investigate fire that destroyed business

KINSTON, LENOIR COUNTY - The SBI and the Lenoir County fire marshal are investigating what caused a blaze that gutted a business.

G.W. Piner Trucking, on Wheat St. in Kinston, caught fire at about 8:30 p.m. Monday, according to the Lenoir County Sheriff's Office, which is helping with the investigation. The interior of the business was destroyed, authorities said.

The large building contained many maintenance and mechanical items for trucks, making it difficult to determine the cause and origin of the fire, investigators said.

Although the fire marshal has not called the fire an arson, an SBI arson team was on scene to assist.

No injuries were reported, investigators said.

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