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One person, two animals dead in fire at ENC stable

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One person and two animals were killed in a fire at Fulcher’s Red Fox Stables on Highway 55 East in Merritt Monday morning.

Pamlico County Emergency Management officials say the fire was reported at about 1 a.m. and local fire crews asked for help from more than a dozen departments from Pamlico, Craven and Beaufort Counties.

Once the fire was under control, first responders found the bodies of one person and two animals inside the structure.

The North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation will help with the investigation.

Annette is originally a Midwest gal, born and raised in Michigan, but with career stops in many surrounding states, the Pacific Northwest, and various parts of the southeast. She has been involved in the media industry in eastern North Carolina for more than three years. An award-winning journalist and mother of four, Annette moved to ENC to be closer to family – in particular, her two young grandchildren. It’s possible that a -27 day with a -68 windchill in Minnesota may have also played a role in that decision. In her spare time, Annette does a lot of toddler and baby cuddling, reading, designing costumes for children’s theater and producing the coolest Halloween costumes anyone has ever seen. She has also worked as a diversity and inclusion facilitator serving school districts and large corporations. It’s the people that make this beautiful area special, and she wants to share those stories that touch the hearts of others. If you have a story idea to share, please reach out by email to