Two homes destroyed in overnight fire at Ocean Isle Beach

OCEAN ISLE BEACH, NC (WWAY) — Several fire departments responded to a fire that destroyed two homes in Brunswick County late Wednesday night.

The fire was reported around 9:30 p.m. at a home on Ocean Isle Boulevard West in the town of Ocean Isle Beach.

According to Mayor Debbie Smith, one house was fully engulfed in flames and then spread to a nearby home. Smith said everyone made it out safely.

Kayla Klutz and her boyfriend saw the fire and drove closer to where the homes were burning.

“We know some people that live down here and we noticed a couple of the houses went up in flames, mostly just one but then the neighboring house it quickly took over shortly after,” Klutz said. “When we first got there, it seemed like a lot of smoke and fire but it took about 30 minutes and everything was gone.”

For a short time Wednesday night, the North Carolina Department of Transportation closed the Ocean Isle Beach Bridge allowing only emergency response vehicles to pass through.

At least five fire departments responded to the fire.

According to James Jarvis, executive director for the American Red Cross of the Cape Fear, multiple families consisting of about 18 individuals were vacationing at the first home that caught fire. He was told they stayed a hotel last night.

Jarvis said the Red Cross will follow up with the families on Thursday to see if they need further housing assistance.

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