North Carolina fire kills 4 people, including family members of US Coast Guard active duty member – WXII12 Winston


Four people are dead and two people are injured after a fire that damaged the homes of U.S. Coast Guard members on North Carolina’s Outer Banks, according to NBC affiliate WAVY.

Dare County Emergency Management said the fire broke out at a large house before 4 a.m. Friday in the 46100 block of Cape Hatteras Lane in Buxton. The fire caused severe damage to neighboring residences.

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Two people were found at the scene and taken to Outer Banks Hospital in Nags Head for treatment, but the other four were still considered missing around 9:25 a.m. that day.

The four people who died were family members of an active-duty U.S. Coast Guard, according to The Virginia-Pilot.

“This tragic incident impacts not only this family, crew and station, but various members, families and units throughout the Coast Guard,” said Coast Guard Capt. Matt Baer.

“With great sadness, I have confirmed that the family of one of our active-duty members is currently unaccounted for. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers while we investigate this incident with local authorities.

The Coast Guard is a small organization. This tragic incident impacts not only this family, crew and station, but various members, families and units throughout the Coast Guard.

In addition to the individuals currently unaccounted for, three other Coast Guard members and their families were displaced by the fire. They are currently in a safe shelter location.

Members trained in critical incident stress management are currently en route to support those impacted by this tragedy. We are also working with the Coast Guard Foundation and other organizations to further support our members and families during this difficult time.”

The fire delayed the detonation of an unexploded bomb that washed onshore Thursday, according to WAVY.

“Thoughts and prayers are with all who have been impacted by this tragic fire, especially those that lost loved ones,” said Drew Pearson, Dare County Emergency Management Director. “We thank all those that answered the call, from the 911 call takers to each and every first responder, numerous volunteers and the fire investigators for their tireless efforts.”

The names of the deceased are still being withheld pending notification of their next of kin.

The Dare County Fire Marshall is investigating the case. The cause of the fire is still investigated.

This article contains information from The Associated Press.

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