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ONLY ON 3: Fire destroys vacation home on Bald Head Island

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BALD HEAD ISLAND, NC (WWAY) -- Bald Head Island officials say fire destroyed a vacation home on the island early this morning.

No one was in the five bedroom, five bath house, valued at more than $1.5 million, at the time. The owners, Peter and Linda Murphy, live in New Jersey.

"This call came out about 5:38 a.m., and it was from a loud noise and the sight of flames from across the marsh," Bald Head Island Public Safety Chief Jerome Munna said. "The guys came out, and when they did, the fire was already through the roof, and the house was fully involved."

At this point, fire investigators think lightning from the storm that moved through last night might have started the fire, but they are still investigating.

"It is very rare that we have a fully-involved structure fire," Munna said. "As far as the response, it was fantastic. The way our system's laid out, we arrive on most scenes within about five minutes."

The US Coast Guard also brought members of the Oak Island Fire Department to Bald Head Island to help contain the fire.

Firefighters say it is only the second major fire on Bald Head Island in the past two years.

The house is secluded and there was never any danger of catching other houses on fire.

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Bald Head Island Fire

CONGRATUALTIONS ON ANOTHER LOST HOME ON BHI. THE PAID FIRE DEPARTMENT HAS NEVER SAVED A HOME IN THE HISTORY OF THE FIRE DEPARTMENT. GO BACK AND REVIEW IT AND SEE!THEY WOULD BE BETTER OFF TO LET THEM BURN OUT AND NOT PAY A STAFF OF PHONEYS AND LOSERS.

Unfortunately, I witnessed

Unfortunately, I witnessed this tremendous fire from directly across the marsh. We were awoken by the explosion and the house was fully involved immediately. I've never seen anything like it. There was absolutely no possibility of saving the house. I commend the BHI firefighters and EMT's(paid and volunteers) on risking their lives on a regular basis to fight these fires and respond to emergency calls.

I'm not part of this

I'm not part of this department but do know that when dispatch recieved the phone call it was fully involved.....That department has more obstacles to overcome than most. If its fully involved upon the 911 call, there is only so much you can do. It is an island, with some access issues they have between bridges, swamps, and getting mutual aid. Not only that but they have to work with the wind coming off the ocean, and if you say that doesn't affect the fire, you need to go back to school. Also if you let it burn you could burn the whole island down.....

Bitter?

Sounds like you didn't get hired by BHIFD and are very bitter about it.