Two bodies found after Carolina Beach fires; suspect charged with attempted burglary

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CAROLINA BEACH, NC (WWAY) — Officials say after three fires overnight in Carolina Beach there is a person in custody for the incident. 22-year-old Marshall Hudson Doran is currently charged with 1st degree burglary of the residence 611 Carolina Beach Avenue South.

Carolina Beach Fire Chief Alan Griffin said the first fire was called in at 2:28 a.m. to 409 Carolina Beach South Avenue. A second fire was called in at 3:45 a.m. on 811 Carolina Beach Avenue. A third fire was called in at 4:34 a.m. at 1123 South Lake Park Blvd.

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The first two fires were at condo complexes, Sand IV and Bluewater, the third was a vehicle fire at Sea Ranch Motel.

David said as of Sunday morning two bodies have been found. Autopsies are pending, and the identities of the victims were not released.

Doran is being held under a $2.5 million bond, official said. Doran has been in the headlines before, accused in a fatal hit-and-run on Interstate 40 during last winter’s ice storm.



Officials said they transported at least 3 people with minor injuries to the hospital along with one firefighter who received minor injuries too.

Red Cross is assisting families. The Red Cross has set up a temporary Resource Center in the Town of Carolina Beach Recreation Center (1121 N. Lake Park Blvd). Anyone needing assistance resulting from these tragic events may go the Recreation Center or contact the Red Cross at 910-509-8038.

Dan Wilcox, Carolina Beach Mayor, said they are in the process of assessing the needs of residents in terms of counseling, clothing, financial assistance, and/or lodging and will be announce what resources they have available in the near future.

Town Manager Michael Cramer said Duke Energy reported approximately 100 customers in Carolina Beach without power after the incident.

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