Good Samaritan helps prevent house fire in Colington from being much worse

A Good Samaritan is being credited with preventing a fire Tuesday evening outside a home in Colington from becoming much worse.

According to a post on the Colington Volunteer Fire Department’s Facebook page, a 911 call from a passing motorist shortly before 8 p.m. alerted crews to a blaze on the third floor exterior of a home in the 1000 block of Colington Road.

When firefighters arrived, a resident was “desperately” trying to douse the flames with a garden hose. Firefighters were able to reach the fire and put it out while making sure it had not spread to more of the structure.

“This fire could have been a lot worse had it not been for the alert motorist that happened to be in the right place at the right time,” the departments said. “Thick live oaks conceal much of the house. If the fire had gone unchecked, the outcome would have been much worse.”

No injuries were reported, and the damage was contained to the outside of the home. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Also assisting on the call were Kill Devil Hills police, Dare County Sheriff’s Office and Dare County EMS.

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