Investigation continues after fire displace family of 15 at North Topsail Beach


NORTH TOPSAIL BEACH, N.C. (WNCT) The investigation continues at North Topsail Beach after a fire displaced a family of 15.

On July 21 the Onslow County 911 received a report of a structure fire on New Inlet Road with flames and smoke visible.

The North Topsail Beach Fire Department, the Turkey Creek Fire and Rescue, the Surf City Fire Department, the Holly Ridge Fire Department and the Onslow County EMS were dispatched.

The first arriving units from North Topsail Beach Fire Department reported heavy fire conditions with multiple exposures.

The officer on the ladder truck quickly confirmed that everyone was evacuated from 1174 and 1176 New Inlet Road and no one was injured.

Police started waking up and assisting the occupants with the evacuation of several structures that were immediately threatened.

Officials set up for exposure protection and continued the tactic with the assistance of their automatic aid departments until the houses were no longer in danger.

After that, they concentrated on the extinguishment of the fire.

The fire was brought under control by officials and fire department equipment and personnel stayed on the scene to extinguish several large hot spots.

An investigation determined the fire started outside of the structure on the first level of the northeast corner (Ocean Front) of 1176 New River Inlet Road.

According to officials, there were sources of ignition in the area that cannot be excluded from the cause due to the total destruction caused by the fire.

Officials said the fire is categorized as undetermined.

The fire is still under investigation.


NORTH TOPSAIL BEACH, N.C. (WNCT) The investigation continues at North Topsail Beach after a Sunday morning fire displaced a family of 15.

It happened at a duplex on New River Inlet Road Sunday around 5 a.m.

It took firefighters from North Topsail and Surf City nearly 12 hours to get the fire under control.

According to the family, they woke up to flickering and popping noises.

Everyone was all able to get out safely.

The fire destroyed the house, their vehicles, and other belongings.

“We’re just very fortunate that all the kids we’re ok, all of us were ok, you know, kinda sucks just watching everything burn,” said Carisa Klohr, a victim of the fire.

A local realtor relocated the family to another home.

A restaurant provided space for the relatives to have dinner together.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.


NORTH TOPSAIL BEACH, N.C. (WNCT) A fire engulfed a house in North Topsail Beach Sunday morning, according to The Topsail Online Gazette.

It happened at a duplex at 1174 and 1176 New River Inlet Road, the Gazette reported.

The house was burned to the ground.

The newspaper says everyone in the house got out safely.

Beth Hanwell sent 9OYS this video, saying the house that burned was next to her mom’s house.

The fire is under investigation.

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