Roanoke Rapids firefighters have answered calls to structure fires today and Monday.
In the fire today, which remains under investigation, firefighters responded to the 200 block of Harvest Road, which is located off Hunting Ridge Road.
A family pet perished in the fire. Chief Jason Patrick said firefighters tried to revive the small dog for an extended amount of time without success.
Patrick said the fire appears to have started in the kitchen. As of this report firefighters were still on the scene.
The call came in shortly after 11 this morning.
Vernon Bryant, who lives in the neighborhood, said he saw smoke coming out of the rear of the house and called 911. “The response time was within a few minutes,” he said.
On Monday firefighters responded to the 90 block of Franklin Street shortly before 5:15 p.m.
According to the report by Battalion Chief B.J. Harris and Lieutenant Ramah Long, Harris established command and reported there was a working house fire. He heard something exploding inside.
Harris described it late this morning as a small explosion. “It could have been anything. It popped three or four times.”
The report notes it appears the fire started around a bed and baseboard heater, which the occupant told firefighters they had just turned on that day.
The cause of the fire is listed as undetermined.
Property damage is listed at an estimated $20,000 while content loss was listed at an estimated $10,000.