NC teen, 2 pets killed in house fire


BEAUFORT, N.C. (WNCT) – An early Saturday morning fire in Beaufort left a 15-year-old dead along with two pets.

The fire happened around 8:30 a.m. on Courtney Lane off Taylors Farm Road.

The Carteret County School District has confirmed the teen in the fire is Mason Caras. He was a freshman at East Carteret High School.

“Great kid, talk to him in the mornings, we usually chatted at lunch, he was quiet, kind of kept to himself but he had a strong group of friends,” said Katherine Steele, principal at East Carteret High School.

The school district has come together to offer support for those dealing with the tragic loss of Caras.

“We had extra counseling on staff as well as some school psychiatrist on staff to help, reached out to students that needed it,” said Steele.

Mat Bottoms, superintendent for Carteret County Schools added, “They are talking about their feelings. They’re doing a lot of the things that we train on how to do.”

Caras’ neighbor David Parker had taken his dog out for a walk that morning when he noticed smoke coming from inside the home.

“First I thought it was something burning outside. The second time I’d seen the fire I’d see flames coming from out of the building,” said Parker.

His wife Teresa called 911 while David ran to the home to see if someone was inside.

“I tried to get through the door and I couldn’t. And I took out a shovel to bust out the window but the smoke was so bad, no way in the world I could get in,” said Parker.

Parker is still saddened and in disbelief of the situation. They have set up a GoFundMe account to help the family with their expenses.


BEAUFORT, N.C. (WNCT) — A teen and two pets were killed in a fire in Beaufort Saturday morning.

Beaufort Fire Department was called to Courtney Lane off Taylors Farm Road around 8:30 am to a structure fire.

Crews arrived on scene and find heavy smoke and flames.

Crews entered to begin search and rescue efforts.

A 15-year-old victim was located and removed.

The Carteret County Public School System has confirmed the victim, Mason Caras, was a student from East Carteret High School.

Life-saving efforts began immediately.

Search efforts continued with only a cat and a dog being found.

The teen was taken to Carteret Health Care where he died.

The cause of the fire is not known at this time.

The investigation was turned over to the Sheriff’s Department and County Fire Marshal’s office.

The two pets that were removed did not survive either.

Beaufort was assisted by Morehead City FD, Otway FD, Harkers Island FD, North River FD, and Beaufort EMS.

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