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Fire reported Sunday in Wanchese

Roanoke Island firefighters responded to a report of vehicles and grass on fire behind a building at 295 Old School House Road in Wanchese on Sunday.

The fire, reported around 1 p.m., was easily located behind the Wanchese Community Building and may be the shortest response distance for any Dare County fire department this year. The fire station sits next door to the Community Building at 323 Old Schoolhouse Road.

On arrival, firefighters found some combustible material in and around several vehicles on fire. The vehicles and bales of hay, all scheduled for removal, had been used in a live fire training exercise earlier this month.

There were no reports of injuries and, according to Fire Chief Bill Walker, the cause of the fire was not immediately known. The incident is under investigation to determine what started the fire by Dare County Fire Marshal Steven Kovacs and Dare County Sheriff’s Office deputies.

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