Core Creek Marina & Motel destroyed by fire

BEAUFORT, N.C. - A fire destroyed a well-known Beaufort motel Sunday night.

Beaufort firefighters responded to a report of a structure fire at 9:25 p.m. at the Core Creek Marina & Motel on 307 Core Creek Road. They were aided by the Harker's Island Fire Department, Harlowe Fire Department, Otway Fire Department, Morehead City Fire Department, Indian Beach Fire Department, Pine Knoll Shores Fire Department and Beaufort Emergency Medical Services personnel.

Beaufort Fire Department Assistant Fire Chief Richard Lovick said when firefighters arrived, flames were visible from the roof. He added five to six people were inside when the fire happened, but no one was hurt.

Lovick said the fire, which started in the building's attic, was put out early Monday morning. He also said the building is expected to be a total loss and that he didn't know yet what started the fire.

A Carteret County Fire Marshal's Office official speaking on behalf of Fire Marshal Eddie Lewis confirmed Lovick's information. Lovick stressed responding to a fire like Sunday's was rare for Beaufort firefighters.

"It's rare," Lovick said. "We've had some good fires over the years, but you don't see big ones like this very often."

Lovick said the fire is under investigation and that he didn't know how long it would take. Lewis' office repeated Lovick's statement.