Four lives lost in tragic Buxton fire

By on October 24, 2020

Update: The Coast Guard Foundation has issued this statement concerning the tragic Buxton fire on Oct. 23.

“A fire in North Carolina yesterday impacted several Coast Guard families living in a housing complex in Buxton. We are in active communication with Captain Matt Baer, the Commanding Officer of Sector North Carolina to respond to the immediate needs of the families who have been displaced and suffered great loss.

Our assistance will help them in the immediate term, and we stand ready to respond to longer term needs as they are identified.

We are actively working with the Coast Guard and our response is happening in real time. Please keep these Coast Guard families, and the entire Coast Guard community, and all those impacted by the fire, in your thoughts and prayers at this very difficult time.”

(Dare County Emergency Management)

(Jon Goforth)

Four people are confirmed to have died in the large structure fire that broke out in the early morning hours on Friday, Oct. 23, in Buxton.

“Thoughts and prayers are with all who have been impacted by this tragic fire, especially those that lost loved ones,” said Drew Pearson, Dare County Emergency Management Director. “We thank all those that answered the call, from the 911 call takers to each and every first responder, numerous volunteers and the fire investigators for their tireless efforts.”

Names of the deceased are being withheld, pending notification of their next of kin.

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Buxton Volunteer Fire Department, assisted by Hatteras and Frisco Volunteer Fire Departments, initially responded to reports of visible flames coming from a residence located at 46110 Cape Hatteras Lane shortly after 4 a.m. on Friday.

Following the initial response, a second alarm was sounded, and crews from the Avon Volunteer Fire Department also responded.  Dare County EMS, the Dare County Sheriff’s Office, Hatteras Island Rescue, Kill Devil Hills Fire Marshal, and the American Red Cross were also on scene to assist

The fire caused severe damage to neighboring residences on Cape Hatteras Lane.

Investigators from the State Bureau of Investigation, Office of the State Fire Marshal, the Dare County Sheriff’s Office and the Dare County Fire Marshal assisted by Buxton firefighters continue to investigate the cause of the fire. Updates will be provided by the Dare County Fire Marshal’s office as additional information becomes available.



Barnhill Building Group has been selected as the Construction Manager @ Risk by the College of the Albemarle and is seeking to pre-qualify construction trade contractors to submit bids for the furnishing labor, materials, equipment, and tools for the new College of The Albemarle – Allied Health Sciences Simulation Lab (COA Health Sciences) located in Elizabeth City, NC. Please note: Only subcontractors who have been prequalified by Barnhill will be able to submit a Bid.

The project consists of the new construction of a 38,000-sf, 2-story expansion to the existing Owens Health Sciences Center and will house classrooms, labs, and a simulation lab. The site is just over just over 4.5 acres and is located on an active campus. This new construction will be a steel structure with a brick and metal panel veneer, curtainwall, and storefront glazing with a PVC roof membrane.

Principal trade and specialty contractors are solicited for the following Bid Packages:

BP0100: General Trades

BP0105: Final Cleaning

BP0390: Turnkey Concrete

BP0400: Turnkey Masonry

BP0500: Structural Steel & Misc. Steel

BP0740: Roofing

BP0750: Metal Panels

BP0790: Caulking / Caulking

BP0800: Turnkey Doors/Frames/Hardware

BP0840: Glass & Glazing

BP0925: Drywall

BP0960: Resilient Flooring

BP0980: Acoustical Ceilings

BP0990: Painting & Wallcovering

BP1005: Toilet Specialties / Accessories / Division 10

BP1010: Signage

BP1098: Demountable Partitions

BP1230: Finish Carpentry and Casework

BP1250: Window Treatment

BP1400: Elevators

BP2100: Fire Protection

BP2200: Plumbing

BP2300: HVAC

BP2600: Turnkey Electrical

BP3100: Turnkey Sitework

BP3290: Landscaping

Packages may be added and/or deleted at the discretion of the Construction Manager. Historically underutilized business firms are encouraged to complete participation submittals.

HUB/MWBE OUTREACH MEETING: Barnhill Building Group will be conducting a HUB/MWBE Informational Session. You are encouraged to attend the following session to learn more about project participation opportunities available to you. These seminars will help to: Learn about project and scope; Inform and train Minority/HUB contractors in preparation for bidding this project; Assist in registration on the State of North Carolina Vendor link; Stimulate opportunities for Networking with other firms. Location and time TBD. Please visit our planroom at for more information.

Interested contractors should submit their completed prequalification submittals, by July 22, 2024, to Meredith Terrell at or hardcopies can be mailed to Barnhill Contracting Company PO Box 31765 Raleigh, NC 27622 (4325 Pleasant Valley Road, NC 27612).


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  • Lee Roach

    I pray it wasn’t a hot grill that started fire! So scary, so sad🙏🏻

    Monday, Oct 26 @ 7:46 am