Fire destroys Camden family's home


A home at the end of Mercer Drive in Camden County that caught fire Sunday night is shown Tuesday.


From staff reports

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

CAMDEN — Fire destroyed a residence on Mercer Drive Sunday evening, leaving a Camden County family without a home.

No injuries were reported, but two family pets were lost in the fire at 121 Mercer Drive, according to a fire official’s report.

Firefighters were dispatched to the Mercer Drive residence around 6:35 p.m. Sunday. When they arrived, flames were shooting through the roof of the one-story wooden house, fire officials said. No one was at home at the time.

It took firefighters from three departments — South Camden Fire Department assisted by the South Mills and Crawford fire departments — about 45 minutes to bring the fire under control. Pasquotank-Camden Emergency Medical Service also responded to the blaze. 

Fire officials deemed the house a total loss.

The cause of the fire is under investigation but is considered accidental, according to Elizabeth City Fire Marshal Chris Carver. Assistant Fire Marshal Tim Chesson is the investigator assigned to the fire.

An official with the South Camden Fire Department declined to release the name of the house’s occupants.

Election records, however, list Nicholas Cowell as residing at 121 Mercer Drive. Also, Sawyers Creek Church is requesting help on its Facebook page for Nicholas Cowell and family, indicating the family lost everything when their home recently burned. The church page states the biggest need is for gift cards for food and everyday expenses.