Monday, July 22, 2024

Three Lighthouse Landing units, one home lost to Bald Head Island fires

Bald Head Island fires engulfed three units in Lighthouse Landing and one home, all lost — though the flames threatened multiple structures. (Photos by Mike Brown)

BALD HEAD ISLAND —  The Village at Bald Head Island reported three units in Lighthouse Landing and one home was lost to several fires that threatened multiple structures, the golf course and nearby woods and brush on Bald Head Island Saturday evening.

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According to village officials, the Bald Head Island Department of Public Safety was dispatched around 7:56 p.m. to a fire in the vicinity near Old Baldy, North Carolina’s oldest lighthouse. The flames spread quickly from strong north winds, in the end threatening multiple structures.

“In total, there was a loss of three units in Lighthouse Landing and one home and crofter on North Bald Head Wynd,” the village noted in a press release. “There were no casualties and no reported injuries.” 

Area agencies had personnel and volunteers on the scene quickly, offering manpower and equipment from Boiling Spring Lakes, Carolina Beach, Kure Beach, Leland, Oak Island, Southport, Sunny Point, Winnabow, and the U.S. Coast Guard. As well, EMS from Brunswick County and St. James responded.

By 9:45 p.m., acting agencies had the fire partially contained and fully contained by 1 a.m. Overnight, a fireguard stayed on the scene to monitor and suppress any rekindlings or hot spots.

“The Village wishes to thank all the area agencies who assisted in the efforts to suppress and contain this fire,” the press release noted. “The Village also expresses its gratitude to Bald Head Island Transportation, Inc. for their assistance in transporting crews and equipment on the ferries and barge.”

Sunday morning, a fire marshal is expected to begin an investigation to determine the cause of the fires. 

The original media release noted crews were dispatched at 8:56 p.m.; officials further clarified crews actually dispatched at 7:56 p.m.

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Shea Carver
Shea Carver
Shea Carver is the editor in chief at Port City Daily. A UNCW alumna, Shea worked in the print media business in Wilmington for 22 years before joining the PCD team in October 2020. She specializes in arts coverage — music, film, literature, theatre — the dining scene, and can often be tapped on where to go, what to do and who to see in Wilmington. When she isn’t hanging with her pup, Shadow Wolf, tending the garden or spinning vinyl, she’s attending concerts and live theater.

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