Community responding quickly after major Corolla fire

By on July 29, 2022

How you can help

(Currituck County Department of Fire and EMS, Corolla Fire & Rescue Squad, Corolla Chapel)

(Photo credit: Corolla Fire & Rescue Squad)

Update: On the morning of July 31, Corolla Chapel Pastor Jim Southern posted this note on Facebook, reflecting on the generosity of the community toward those displaced by July 29 fire – and suggesting another way people can help.

Here is the information

As Pastor of Corolla Chapel, I want to thank every one of you who have donated cloths and other items for the victims of the recent fire in the condos and apartments behind OBX Gas in Corolla. At this time, we are no longer in need of any more clothing or personal items. If specific needs arise, they will be posted.

Donated items are available at the Chapel for those who experienced loss from the fire, and many have already stopped by to pick up gift cards and essentials. If you would like to donate a gift card these will be distributed as needs are identified. The address is Corolla Chapel PO Box 64, Corolla NC 27927. We are located in the historic village 1136 Corolla Village Rd. Corolla. Thanks again Pastor Jim.


In the wake of what is being called a devastating apartment fire on the 800 block of Caroline Court in Corolla on July 29, the Corolla Chapel is now spearheading the effort to collect clothing and other articles for those that lost their belongings in the blaze.

According to the Currituck County Department of Fire and EMS, first responders found a three-story apartment complex ablaze on the morning of July 29, and the Duck, Kitty Hawk and Southern Shores Departments aided in the firefighting effort. All occupants of the facility were able to evacuate safely with no reported injuries among firefighters of civilians. The responders were able to contain the fire to the floor of origin.

There were 12 separate apartment units in the building. The Corolla Fire & Rescue Squad reported that a number of those displaced by the fire were working here with the J-1 visa program. The cause of the fire is under investigation by the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation.

On the evening of July 29, the Corolla Chapel International Student Outreach Ministries posted this information on how to help.

The Corolla Chapel has become a collection point for those wishing to donate clothing and other articles for the families and students that lost everything in devastating fire at the Condos and apartments behind OBX gas and Ace Hardware this morning. We set up a table to distribute some of the items today and collect information about needs. There has been an awesome and amazing community response from both individuals and businesses. Over the next few days, the Chapel will be setting up a clothes closet for individuals and families who have experienced loss as well as having basic essentials from soap, toothpaste and other toilet articles.

Both Red Cross and Currituck County were on the scene today gather information and helping as possible. If you wish to make a donation, please drop it by the Chapel. The south door to the old fellowship hall will remain open and you can place items inside.

At this time we are not receiving cash donations but gift cards for stores such as Food Lion or Walmart are appreciated. Thanks everyone for your help and support.

The Corolla Chapel is located at 1136 Corolla Village Rd, Corolla, NC 27927. You can contact them at 252.453-4224. Please visit their Facebook page for additional contact information to drop off donations.





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