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‘Fully engulfed’ house fire on NC coast leads police to find man shot dead inside

Flames coming from a house on North Carolina’s Emerald Isle led police to find a man inside dead from a gunshot wound, according to police.

Police on the Outer Banks island are investigating what happened before that 911 call at 8:38 p.m. on Jan. 9.

When police and firefighters showed up, the beach house was “fully engulfed” by the blaze and the Emerald Isle Fire Department had to pull in reinforcements from Western Carteret, Indian Beach and Pine Knoll Shores, police said.

First responders found Carl Eugene Jones Jr., 31, shot dead inside, according to a news release from the Emerald Isle Police Department.

The house was on Melanie Street, a short street one block long in a neighborhood popular with tourists across from the beach.

Police said they questioned one person in the investigation but did not release any more information.

The police department posted a public announcement on Facebook on Jan. 10 to reassure residents and tourists in the popular beach town that the island is safe.

“An unfortunate incident did occur on the evening of January 9, 2020. Fortunately, crimes of this nature are very rare in our community,” the department said.

“Please know that the department is actively working with local, state and federal partners to investigate all aspects of the shooting and fire,” police said.

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Charles Duncan covers what’s happening right now across North and South Carolina, from breaking news to fun or interesting stories from across the region. He holds degrees from N.C. State University and Duke and lives two blocks from the ocean in Myrtle Beach.
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