A house occupied by its non-resident property owners in the four-wheel drive section of the Currituck Outer Banks was destroyed by fire Sunday morning, while local volunteer firefighters were able to prevent it from spreading to a nearby home.
Crews from the Corolla and Carova Beach volunteer fire departments and Currituck Fire and EMS were called to the 1600 block of Sandpiper Road in the Swan Beach community around 7 a.m. to a two-story structure that was actively burning.
Three people inside the house were able to get out safely, according to Currituck Fire and EMS Deputy Chief Tim Riley, but a dog was reported missing and presumed to have died.
Firefighters were on the scene for more than five hours. Two volunteers were treated for heat exhaustion battling the flames.
What started the fire is under investigation, Riley said, but the extent of the damage could make it difficult to determine the exact cause.
It was believed to possibly be electrical in nature, after neighbors said they saw flickering lights outside the house the night before.
Posted by Stuart G. Laird on Sunday, May 3, 2020