Fire at Colington Pointe damages townhouses, no one injured

Published 6:29 pm Sunday, August 27, 2023

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A two-alarm fire in a three-story structure in Colington Point subdivision brought at least 42 professional and volunteer firefighters to the scene at 125 Colington Pointe Drive.

Dare County Fire Marshal Steve Kovacs said no resident or firefighter injuries were reported as a result of the fire.

The townhome had four units. Colington Volunteer Fire Department Chief Glenn Rainey arriving on the scene reported heavy fire in the end unit. Firefighters made an initial attack. Ongoing firefighter efforts kept the fire away from the other end of the structure.

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Two units were heavily damaged. One was moderately damaged and one suffered minor smoke damage.

Five local, permanent residents are displaced, said Kovacs. Dare County Division of Social Services and the American Red Cross are addressing the residents’ needs.

All firefighters were actively engaged in fighting the fire, reports Kovacs. The structure, on a cul-de-sac, is large and not easily accessible.

At 3:58 p.m., departments initially called to the fire were Colington, Kill Devil Hills and Nags Head. The second call at 4:02 p.m. brought Kitty Hawk, Southern Shores and Roanoke Island.

Also responding to the fire scene were Dare County Emergency Medical Services, Dare County Sheriff’s Office deputies and Kill Devil Hills police officers. Dominion Energy was also called to the scene to disconnect electric power.

Investigators from the Office of State Fire Marshal are assisting with the investigation into the cause of the fire.

This is the third multi-alarm fire that these fire departments’ professional and volunteer firefighters have fought in the last two weeks.

Chief Rainey Fire Chief Rainey said he was very thankful that everyone was able to escape the rapidly growing fire unharmed. “Buildings and most belongings can be replaced,” said Rainey.  “The way our departments work together on every incident, especially this one, always makes me proud,” added the Colington fire chief.