Two fatalities reported in Kill Devil Hills fire

Published 12:25 pm Sunday, May 17, 2020

The Kill Devil Hills Fire Department is reporting two fatalities as a result of a fire early Sunday morning.

According to a press release from the Town of Kill Devil Hills, the Kill Devil Hills Fire Department responded to a report of a fully involved structure fire in the 200 block of Pine Grove Trail on May 17, 2020, at 4:25 a.m. Fire crews from Colington and Nags Head, along with the Kill Devil Hills Police Department and Dare County EMS were also on scene and assisted in the operation.

The fire was extinguished and there was extensive damage to the structure on the first floor and second floor. Neighbor Mary Kennon, who lives directly across from the structure, said that the apartment complex had three units.

Kennon says she was alerted to the fire by one of the building’s occupants around 4:30 a.m. and she said the occupant banged on doors of the other units in the building to alert residents of the fire. “It was so fast,” she said.

The names of the fire victims have not been released at this time, but Kennon said it was a mother and son; “he was my grandson’s best friend.”

“They were beautiful people,” said Kennon, “hearts of gold.”

The fire trucks did not completely leave the scene until around 10 a.m.

The Kill Devil Hills Fire Marshal and Dare County Fire Marshal are investigating to determine the fire origin and cause.

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