COROLLA, N.C. (WAVY) — Multiple fire departments spent hours Saturday battling two house fires on the beachfront in Corolla.
The homes are no longer standing where they once did on Lighthouse Drive, between Dolphin Street and Sailfish Street. A third home sustained some exterior damage, according to Currituck County spokesperson Randall Edwards.
“If you looked sideways it looked like a tornado,” said witness Sonia Bekienov. “It was terrifying.”
Three people were inside the first home when it went up in flames. All three escaped, but one person had minor injuries, according to Edwards.
The first call came in around 4:50 a.m., and crews were still working to contain the flames six hours later. By 10:45, firefighters reported to Edwards the fire was no longer spreading and considered contained. Neighbors say the Corolla Fire Department returned to the scene after 9 p.m. to pour water on the smoke.
“They were like mini castles, and the fire was probably 20 feet above that just kind of rolling across and blowing in from the ocean,” said Scott Simpson, a vacationer from northern Virginia.
Firefighters from from Currituck, Corolla, Duck, Southern Shores, Kitty Hawk, Kill Devil Hills, Nags Head, Manteo and Manns Harbor departments were called to the fire, according to a source within emergency services.
Edwards could not specifically confirm each department, but said Dare County also sent aid.
So far, investigators have not determined a cause of the blaze.