Two houses on Ocean View Drive in Ocean Sound Village were destroyed by fire early Saturday morning. (photo by Connie Pletl)
By Connie Pletl
Published: Wednesday, March 31, 2010 3:06 PM EDT
N. TOPSAIL BEACH – An early morning fire completely destroyed one beach house and consumed about 75-percent of another.
The fire started at about 1 a.m. on March 27 at an oceanfront home that was under construction on Ocean View Drive in the neighborhood of Ocean Sound Village.
By daybreak there was little more left of the home than some charred timbers.
The second house was a vacation rental that was up for sale. Just a shell of the home remains.
It apparently caught on fire due to the flames and heat from the first one.
“It was a hot fire,” said Assistant Fire Marshal George Moore. “The houses were only about 15 feet apart and the heat and wind caused the fire to spread.”
Moore said that it was breezy that morning, with winds of about 7-10 mph.
The fire burned so hot, that another house 50-60 feet to the south suffered some effects from the fire.
No one was injured as both homes were vacant at the time of the fire.
Moore said mutual aid was provided by area fire departments, including Turkey Creek Volunteer Fire Department, Town of Surf City Fire Department, Sneads Ferry Volunteer Fire Department, Surf City Volunteer Fire Department, Holly Ridge Volunteer Fire Department, Sloop Point Volunteer Fire Department and Verona Volunteer Fire Department.
Mayor Dan Tuman stated that he wished to express his gratitude to the fire departments that responded to the fire.
The cause of the fire is unknown.
“It is still under investigation,” said Moore.
Both homes were worth over a million dollars. The vacation rental that was up for sale was listed as being 3,844 square-feet, having seven bedrooms, six and-a-half bathrooms and for sale for $1,300,000.
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