Reported by: Margo Gray It is a somber anniversary for Ocean Isle Beach. One year ago, a house fire claimed the lives of seven South Carolina college students. The tragedy undoubtedly shook the small beach community, and many residents are still coping with the loss. October 28th, 2007, a fire ripped through a home on Scotland Street in Ocean Isle Beach, killing seven college students. A year later, residents in this community are still reeling from what happened. Ida Moon lives a block away from where the home once stood. "It was an unbelievable thing, it was like a bad dream," she said. In her twenty years of living on the island, she said she has never experienced anything like that day. "I think it's very tragic when any young, viable person is lost." A steel cross sits at the foot of the Odell Williamson Bridge in memory of the seven young lives. It serves as a reminder to all who enter Ocean Isle Beach. Jim Pierce is an Ocean Isle resident. He said, "It was a shock to everybody and it still weighs heavy. Every time we go over the bridge we see that memorial." Stacey Hewett feels the same way. "This is a very close knit community and something like that really impacted the community. We felt for the families and the whole community came together and struggled to deal with the tragedy." The town has no ceremonies planned for the anniversary. Fire officials have also turned down our request for comment, stating they are trying to put the tragedy behind them.
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