Coast Guard collecting items for Hatteras Island fire victims

The remains of the duplex where the fire appeared to have originated. [Don Bowers/Island Free Press photo]

Coast Guard Station Hatteras Inlet is collecting clothes, money and other needs for the families involved in Friday’s fire in Buxton that claimed the lives of four people.

In a Facebook post, the the Hatteras crew said they have been overwhelmed by the outpouring of support.

“We would like to thank each and every one of you for your support during this trying time. The unfortunate event that has devastated our Coast Guard and local community, not only claimed lives but also left families with very little personal belongings,” the post said.

After so many offers of help, the local crew has put together a list of needs for the families. There were nine children who lost personal belongings, boys aged 12, 7, 7, 4, 2 and 7 months and girls aged 7, 7, 2.

Clothing needed:

-Girls clothing size 7/8
-Girls shoes size 2
-Girls clothing 3t
-Girls clothing size 8/10
-Boys clothing size XS or XL adult
-Boys youth M
-Boys 8 slim
-Boys 5T
-Boys 4T
-Boys 12 month
-Mens shirts size XL
-Mens pants size 38
-Womens shirts size 18/20
-Womens pants size 20 or 22
-Womens shirts 10 size, M or L
Other items needed:
-Standard hygiene items
-Standard house hold items
-Storage Space
Where to donate:
The Coast Guard is asking that all donations be coordinated through the Crystal Coast Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer Association, at  2741 Juneberry LN SE, Southport, NC 28461

The fire was reported shortly after 4 a.m. in the 46000 block of Cape Hatteras Lane. The two-alarm blaze sent two people to the hospital and claimed four lives. The cause of the blaze remains under investigation.

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