Coast Guard family unaccounted for in Buxton fire

By on October 23, 2020

(U.S. Coast Guard)

(Photo by Jon Goforth)

The following statement was issued in the late afternoon on Oct. 23 by Capt. Matt Baer, Commander of Sector North Carolina.

“This morning, a fire took place at a commercial residential complex in Buxton, North Carolina where several active duty Coast Guard members live.

With great sadness, I have confirmed that the family of one of our active duty members is currently unaccounted for. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers while we investigate this incident with local authorities.

The Coast Guard is a small organization. This tragic incident impacts not only this family, crew and station, but various members, families and units throughout the Coast Guard.

In addition to the individuals currently unaccounted for, three other Coast Guard members and their families were displaced by the fire. They are currently in a safe shelter location.

Members trained in critical incident stress management are currently en route to support those impacted by this tragedy. We are also working with the Coast Guard Foundation and other organizations to further support our members and families during this difficult time.”

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Four unaccounted for in Buxton blaze


  • YN1 Andy Fyffe (Retired)

    I will be praying.

    Friday, Oct 23 @ 9:04 pm
  • Virginia Lawhorne

    Praying that they be found safe and well. My heart goes out to those who have lost their homes.

    Saturday, Oct 24 @ 10:18 am
  • MST1 Jeff Gregg (Retired)

    We all send prayers of strength and healing to the families displaced, Coast Guard or not. For the missing family, may our Lord’s mercy and grace be upon you and guide you back to us. All those who serve, military or local responders, have our thanks and praise for your hard work.

    Saturday, Oct 24 @ 2:22 pm
  • Patrick

    Our Prayers are with our soldier and family. May you find peace and understanding 🙏.

    Saturday, Oct 24 @ 6:31 pm
  • Kelvin Cruz USCG

    Our prayers are with all those families that this tradegy has affected, may the Lord provide peace and comfort during this difficult time.

    Saturday, Oct 24 @ 7:37 pm
  • Tommy

    God Bless from the Crystal Coast.

    Sunday, Oct 25 @ 7:22 am