DARE COUNTY, N.C. (WAVY) — Four people are confirmed to have died in the large structure fire that broke out in the early morning hours on Friday, Oct. 23, 2020, in Buxton.
“Thoughts and prayers are with all who have been impacted by this tragic fire, especially those that lost loved ones,” said Drew Pearson, Dare County Emergency Management Director. “We thank all those that answered the call, from the 911 call takers to each and every first responder, numerous volunteers and the fire investigators for their tireless efforts.”
Names of the deceased are being withheld, pending notification of their next of kin.
Buxton Volunteer Fire Department assisted by Hatteras and Frisco Volunteer Fire Departments initially responded to reports of visible flames coming from a residence located at 46110 Cape Hatteras Lane shortly after 4 a.m. on Friday.
Following the initial response, a second alarm was sounded, and crews from the Avon Volunteer Fire Department also responded.
Dare County EMS, the Dare County Sheriff’s Office, Hatteras Island Rescue, Kill Devil Hills Fire Marshal, and the American Red Cross were also on scene to assist.
The fire caused severe damage to neighboring residences on Cape Hatteras Lane.
Four people are unaccounted for after a large house fire Friday morning in the Outer Banks.
Dare County Emergency Management says the fire broke out before 4 a.m. at 46610 Cape Hatteras Lane in Buxton. Two people were found at the scene and taken to Outer Banks Hospital in Nags Head for treatment, but four were still missing 9:25 a.m.
Photos of the fire from the Outer Banks Voice’s Jon Goforth show major flames and little left of the structure.
In a release at 9:25 a.m., officials said fire crews were still “actively engaged” at the scene.
No other details are available at this time, but the Dare County Fire Marshal will be investigating the cause. The fire delayed the detonation of a World War II era bomb that was found on the beach in Buxton on Thursday. Detonation was moved to later Friday morning/early afternoon.