Fire in Reelsboro requires aid from all of county’s volunteer fire departments

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The house, seen here before the fire, is located on the south side on Highway 55 between Reelsboro and Olympia.

REELSBORO – A residential fire Tuesday afternoon at 5152 Highway 55 in Reelsboro triggered a massive response. At one point, all of Pamlico County’s nine volunteer fire departments were on the scene – including more than 20 emergency vehicles and approximately 40 firefighters.

One middle-aged white male – with what appeared to be non-life threatening injuries – was transported by the Pamlico County Rescue Squad to Carolina East Medical Center. At the 40-minute mark of the response (which began at approximately 1 p.m.) officials also summoned a second ambulance when one of the firefighters experienced a heat-related ailment.

Initial efforts to douse the blaze – which originated in the east side of the single story structure – were successful. However, first-on-the-scene tankers were quickly depleted – forcing a delay as backup tankers were called in.


When flames resumed at one point, officials asked six fully-equipped firefighters to enter through the front door of the structure. All later emerged unharmed.

Pamlico County Fire Marshal Chris Murray is expected to release a statement with more details regarding the incident.

Firefighters beat back the blaze with two hoses.

At the top of a ladder, one firefighter cuts into the house with a chain saw.

Comrades assist a fellow firefighter in changing out an air pack.

To deal with the pesky fire, six fully equipped firefighters enter the burning building.

Presumably an occupant of the house, a middle aged white male is loaded into an ambulance.

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