Officials believe body of homeowner found, confirm 2 dogs died in Chocowinity house fire

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CHOCOWINITY, N.C. (WNCT) – Officials in Beaufort County believe they have found the body of a missing homeowner inside the residence that caught fire on Sunday.

Deputies with the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office said they believe they found the body of Vann Richard “Chip” Laughinghouse inside his home at 486 E. Bayside Dr. The body was found Tuesday morning and was taken to the Medical Examiner’s Office in Greenville for verification.

The cause of the fire has not been determined. Deputies earlier Tuesday confirmed that two dogs died in the house fire from Sunday night.   

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CHOCOWINITY, N.C. (WNCT) — Chocowinity fire and other officials are investigating a fire that broke out at a home Sunday night.

A neighbor placed the call about the fire around 10 p.m. Chocowinity fire officials arrived and saw that the backside of the home was fully engulfed in flames. They battled the fire until around 2:30 a.m.

At least 60 officials responded to the fire. The Beaufort County fire marshal and Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office were also on the scene.

Crews were still dealing with some hot spots Monday. There was no indication if someone was home at the time and the cause of the fire was still under investigation.

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