Tuesday, April 04, 2006


For many recent weeks, the Outer Banks didn't see any rain, causing near drought conditions and extreme fire conditions Brush fires in Dare and Currituck Counties were daily occurrances. What the OBX needed was rain. And rain we got yesterday . . . along with severe storms, including dangerous lightning and in some places high winds and hail. A number of homes in eastern NC were damaged.

In the midst of the rain last night, two homes were destroyed by fire. The Nags Head Fire Department responded to a fully involved residential structure about 8PM. Kill Devil Hills FD and the Colington VFD assisted the NHFD. About 10:30PM, the Kitty Hawk FD and Southern Shores VFD were paged for a structure fire in Kitty Hawk. The structure at the Sands Inn cottage court on the beach road was fully involved when KHFD Chief Lowell Spivey arrived on location. The fire threatened nearby structure, including the Rundown Cafe, so additional fire units were called from Duck, Kill Devil Hills, Colington, and Nags Head. The NH and KDH units had just cleared from the house fire in NH, so responded straight to Kitty Hawk. Firefighters prevented the fire from spreading to any other structures. It is unknown at this time if the severe weather at the time had any role in starting the fires.

Hopefully, now, the remainder of April will be a typical OBX Spring; sunny, comfortable days with light, occasional showers.


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