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Four homes destroyed in massive fire on Bald Head Island

A fire rages on Bald Head Island Saturday night
A fire rages on Bald Head Island Saturday night(Michael Brown)
Published: Nov. 20, 2021 at 9:30 PM EST|Updated: Nov. 22, 2021 at 4:23 PM EST
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BALD HEAD ISLAND, N.C. (WECT) - Three condos and one home on Bald Head Island are destroyed after a fire on Saturday night.

Crews responded to the blaze shortly before 8:00 p.m. Saturday near the Lighthouse Landing area of the island. Officials say a strong wind caused the fire to spread to nearby structures and threaten the surrounding area.

Three units in Lighthouse Landing and one home on North Bald Head Wynd were lost as a result of the fire.

Officials say four firefighters suffered minor injuries. No other injuries have been reported.

The Bald Head Island Department of Public Safety was assisted by crews and equipment from Boiling Spring Lakes, Carolina Beach, Kure Beach, Leland, Oak Island, Southport, Sunny Point, Winnabow, and the U.S. Coast Guard. The Village says EMS crews from Brunswick County and St. James also responded.

“I was very happy with the response,” said chief of public safety Alan May. “The island residents were extremely helpful. I was surprised. What they also did was they used their hoses and actually put out one of the fires. We had a lot of wind blowing, so the embers actually wound up on the golf course and then went to a couple different areas of the forestry locations in the village.”

May says residents also offered to let firefighters stay in their homes overnight and shuttled the first responders to and from the ferry. Many offered meals and water throughout the night as well.

Crews fight the flames on Bald Head Island
Crews fight the flames on Bald Head Island(Michael Brown)

The fire was partially contained around 9:45 p.m. Saturday and fully contained around 1:00 a.m. Sunday. A fireguard is on the scene Sunday morning to monitor the area and suppress rekindling.

“The Village wishes to thank all the area agencies who assisted in the efforts to suppress and contain this fire. The Village also expresses its gratitude to Bald Head Island Transportation, Inc. for their assistance in transporting crews and equipment on the ferries and barge,” the village said in a press release Sunday morning.

The fire marshal wrapped up his investigation for Sunday. The origin of the fire is undetermined.

Still, the properties are blocked off with yellow tape. May says that’s because the scene is still dangerous.

“There’s potential hotspots, “ said May. “That’s why we still have a charged line there, in case something does flare up again... We don’t want sightseers in there. In addition, there may be things that may be of evidentiary value.”

Although the cause may still be undetermined, May still advises residents to be careful and follow fire safety precautions.

“Don’t grill on your wooden deck close to your house,” said May. “One of the other things we tell people, especially on the island with golf carts, don’t leave your golf cart in your garage overnight with the batteries charging and the doors closed because it’s not being properly vented.”

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