Late night fire damages Colington home, displaces four  

By on July 5, 2024

Dog helps alert occupants to blaze

(Colington Volunteer Fire Department)

(Photo credit: Colington Volunteer Fire Department)

Around 11:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 4, Colington firefighters were dispatched to a structure fire on Knight Court, outside of Colington Harbour. County Fire Marshal Steve Kovacs was in the area and saw the flames from several streets away as the dispatch was occurring. When he arrived at the scene, he was told there were still three people that had not exited the home. As more resources were dispatched the fire marshal was able to confirm that everyone had escaped the blaze and were not injured.

An occupant in the downstairs portion of the home said their dog alerted them to the fire on the exterior of the home. Flames had extended to the second-floor porch and stairs, making that escape route impossible to use. That occupant broke an upstairs window to alert the upstairs residents and managed to find a way for them to climb off the deck to safety. While the home did have working smoke alarms, the exterior smoke and flames did not trigger the alarm until later in the incident.

Crews from Colington, Kill Devil Hills, Nags Head, Kitty Hawk and Southern Shores responded to the two-alarm fire. There was heavy damage to the rear of the home. Four people were displaced, and the Red Cross is assisting them. There was also minor damage to a neighboring home.

The fire marshal’s office is investigating the fire. Dare County EMS and sheriff’s deputies also assisted during the incident. There were no injuries to firefighters or the residents.

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  • Shevawn

    With the many tragic fires occurring the past numbers of years and this, is there a site to view all the results from these numerous fire investigations?

    Friday, Jul 5 @ 9:40 am
  • Bob

    Was it an airbnb downstairs?

    Friday, Jul 5 @ 11:49 am
  • Karen

    No it was not an Airbnb

    Friday, Jul 5 @ 11:49 pm
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