Fire destroys house in Rodanthe

Published 10:24 am Thursday, April 27, 2023

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A three-story house on the soundside in Rodanthe’s Mirlo Beach subdivision was fully engulfed in fire when volunteer firefighters arrived.

Firefighters from Chicamacomico Banks Volunteer Fire and Rescue were dispatched to 22000 16th of August Court at 3:15 p.m. on Wednesday, April 19, 2023.

The rental house was unoccupied at the time. No major injuries were reported.

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Chicamacomico Banks Fire Chief Mike Daugherty said a Dare County Sheriff’s Office deputy and a vacationing firefighter had immediately entered the house and searched the first two floors for people. The third floor was already on fire.

Firefighters had the fire under control within an hour. To defeat the blaze, water was drawn from a hydrant across the remnant of NC 12 that runs in front of Mirlo Beach.

Two hours after dispatch, the five firefighters from Avon Volunteer Fire Department were released. Around 8 or 9 p.m., Chicamacomico Banks firefighters were wrapping up the scene though some stayed through the night to monitor hot spots.

According to the Dare County website, property owners are Brock Wortman and Iantha Wortman from Apex and the total assessed tax value is $584,600. The structure, built in 2000, had six bedrooms, five full baths and one half-bath. Behind the structure was an in-ground swimming pool with a concrete pool deck.

On Friday, April 21, Dare County Fire Marshall Steve Kovacs was still investigating the cause of the fire.

Also responding to the fire scene were North Carolina Forest Service, National Park Service, Dare County Emergency Medical Services.