04/15/12 96 W, 1 I - + 6 - 1 Three Houses Burn on Outer Banks Overnight

The Outer Banks Voice has posted this stunning photo from an early morning fire in Corolla that destroyed two homes and heavily damaged a third. The quick-moving fire was fanned by southwest winds of 17 mph with gusts to 22 mph. The homes were located on Hicks Bay Lane and Cottage Cove Road. Several vehicles were also destroyed. The fire was extinguished shortly before sunrise. WTVD has also posted some video footage and a couple photos. Maybe our readers to the northeast will add details.

The Outer Banks Voice photo

First due truck reported heavy fire conditions in one house, exterior burning on a second, and two vehicles involved. Fire ultimately destroyed three vacation homes (two were occupied at time), damaged a fourth, and destroyed at least seven vehicles. Water supply was an issue because of system design and fire load (first home was 6800 sqft). Apparatus/manpower responded from Corolla, Carova Beach, Duck, Southern Shores, Kitty Hawk, Nags Head, Manns Harbor, Lower Currituck, and Crawford departments.
Smokey - 04/16/12 - 08:50

But…but…sprinklers would mean more cost. If I delete the addition of sprinklers I can add another 500 sq.ft. to the planned 2500 sq.ft. addition to my house. (from my own sister when I suggested the addition of sprinklers to her house)
Rescue Ranger - 04/16/12 - 20:35

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