A mobile home residence in the Wittenburg Community sustained heavy damage due to a fire Thursday afternoon in Alexander County.
Assistant Fire Marshall Garrett Huffman says Wittenburg, Bethlehem and Ellendale Fire Departments were dispatched shortly after 3:30 to a single-wide mobile home at 139 Wilderness Lane. The lone occupant of the residence was not home at the time of the fire but several pets perished. A neighbor spotted the smoke and phoned Alexander County 911.
Huffman says the fire started in the kitchen area and no foul play is suspected.