Crews fight structure fire off Loblolly Drive in Pine Knoll Shores

Crews respond to a structure on fire off Loblolly Drive in Pine Knoll Shores Tuesday afternoon. (Elise Clouser photo)

PINE KNOLL SHORES — According to officials, a house fire on Loblolly Drive in Pine Knoll Shores Tuesday afternoon likely resulted in a total loss of the residence.

Emergency crews from multiple departments responded to the structure fire at 155 Loblolly Drive after a call went out around 3:14 p.m. Tuesday. Pine Knoll Shores Fire Chief Jason Baker said his department, along with the Indian Beach/Salter Path and Atlantic Beach fire departments initially responded to the blaze.

Upon arriving at the scene, crews called for mutual aid assistance from Morehead City, Emerald Isle and Beaufort fire departments.

“We needed the additional manpower to work the fire,” Chief Baker told the News-Times Wednesday.

By the time crews arrived on scene, Chief Baker said flames were showing from the roof of the residence, and shortly after arriving, the roof collapsed. Chief Baker said there were no injuries in the incident.

“If they had arrived just a minute earlier, it could have been a whole different story,” the chief said Wednesday.

After the roof collapsed, Chief Baker said crews switched to a “defensive operation,” in which firefighters tackle the flames from outside the building rather than take on the heightened risk of additional structural collapses by going inside the building. Crews working from a ladder truck sprayed water onto the blaze from above while others operated three hand lines from the ground to put out the flames.

Due to the nature of the fire, Chief Baker said it took several hours to put out all the flames and ensure there were no lingering hotspots. He said the scene was cleared around 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Chief Baker said based on his initial observations of the scene, it is likely the fire started in the attic of the home and had been blazing for some time before crews were called out.  He said his department is handling the investigation, and no foul play is suspected.

Other than a few personal items crews managed to salvage, the chief said the home is likely a total loss.

According to county tax records, the home was valued around $300,000 and owned by Curtis and Betty Pearson. Mr. Pearson is owner of Bert’s Surf Shop, a store with multiple locations in Carteret County and elsewhere along the Carolina coasts.

Nobody was inside the home at the time of the fire and no injuries were reported.


Contact Elise Clouser at; by phone at 252-726-7081 ext. 229; or follow on Twitter @eliseccnt.

previous report


PINE KNOLL SHORES — Emergency crews from multiple departments responded to a structure fire at a residence on Loblolly Drive in Pine Knoll Shores Tuesday afternoon.

A firefighter on scene confirmed to the News-Times there were no people or pets inside the structure at the time of the fire. 

A call went out on the emergency scanner around 3 p.m. for the fire at 155 Loblolly Drive, which was described as “fully involved.” Crews were still on the scene as of 4:40 p.m. fighting the blaze.

Fire crews from Pine Knoll Shores, Indian Beach/Salter Path, Atlantic Beach and Morehead City fire departments responded, along law enforcement and other agencies.


Editor's note: This article was updated at 2:20 p.m. Wednesday, June 30, 2021, with a full report.

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