A house caught fire Sunday night in the 100 Block of Greenwood Avenue, Rocky Mount fire officials said.
The call came in at 9:27 p.m., with firefighters arriving on the scene by 9:30 p.m. to find flames coming from the roof and half the residence, officials said.
The fire appeared to originate in the kitchen, officials said, before spreading to the attic and roof.
Fire crews attacked the flames in two waves, with the first attacking the blaze through the window on the upper floor, which then allowed crews to enter the house.
There was some confusion about whether the residents, Brook Jordan and her 7-year-old son Khalil, were in the houe at the time, but after a search of the building it was determined the two were not at the home, officials said, but the pair did return later.
Nash County EMS and the Rocky Mount Police Department were on hand to help by setting up a rehab area for firefighters and by providing traffic control.
The fire was put out 9:46 p.m., officials said, with the kitchen and attic area suffering heavy damage from the fire.
The cause of the fire is unknown but is believed to be cooking related, officials said.