At least 75% of the building was destroyed in the fire, according to Corey Mercer, the fire chief in Rocky Mount, in the northeastern part of the state.
“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Mr. Ricks as well as all team members affected by this tragedy,” the release states.
Fire officials were called to the QVC center, one of the largest employers in the county, around 2 a.m., when more than 300 employees were working at the facility, said Edgecombe County Manager Eric Evans.
One person was reported missing by his family, who had not been able to get in touch with him after the fire, according to Evans.
More than 40 agencies from six counties responded to the fire and worked throughout the morning, according to Mike Causey, North Carolina commissioner of insurance and state fire marshal.