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Lightning strikes cause 2 beach house fires on NC islands

WILMINGTON, NC (WNCN) — Lightning strikes caused two home fires on the North Carolina coast — including one worth more than $3 million — as severe storms hit earlier this week, officials said.

The first fire happened when lightning struck a beach house in Holden Beach around 11:30 p.m. Wednesday, according to the Holden Beach Fire Department.

The house on Ocean Boulevard West was struck by lightning in a small corner of the roof. The strike caused a small fire but no major damage, Brunswick County firefighters said.

As the storms moved on, another lightning strike caused a much larger home fire on exclusive Figure Eight Island near Wilmington, New Hanover County authorities said.

The fire was reported around 1 a.m. at 232 N. Beach Road, New Hanover County Fire Rescue officials said.

Neighbor Ronald Gaitros’ video showed large flames coming out of the house before firefighters arrived.

The home, which is valued by the county at $3,229,400, is 3,274 square feet with four bedrooms and three and a half bathrooms, according to New Hanover County property records.

The house on Figure Eight Island was badly damaged.

Crews from Pender EMS and Fire, the Wilmington Fire Department and the New Hanover County Fire Department responded to the Figure Eight Island fire, according to a statement from New Hanover County Deputy Firefighter MaryBeth Evans.

No one was injured in either fire.

https://www.cbs17.com/news/north-carolina-news/lightning-strikes-cause-2-beach-house-fires-on-nc-islands/ Lightning strikes cause 2 beach house fires on NC islands

DUSTIN JONES

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