Outer Beaches Avon office extensively damaged by fire
By IRENE NOLAN
The Outer Beaches Realty main office on Highway 12 in Avon was extensively damaged today by an early morning, three-alarm fire.
Brite, assistant chief of the Avon Volunteer Fire Department, said that
the first call on the blaze came in at 12:12 a.m. According to Dare
County fire marshal, Steve Kovacs, a passerby called 911 to report the
fire, which began on the back -- or north side -- of the building.
departments from Avon, Buxton, Hatteras, and Frisco responded, along
with the Hatteras Island Rescue Squad, Dare County Emergency Medical
Services, the Sheriff's Office, Cape Hatteras Electric Cooperative,
Dare County Water Department, and the county fire marshal.
estimated that a total of about 40 firefighters were involved in
battling the blaze. At the height of the fire, flames were
shooting through the roof and lighting up the night sky in the village.
said the firefighters were hampered by breezy conditions and the
passage of a cold front shortly after midnight when the wind shifted
from the southwest to the northwest.
There were no injuries reported, and the blaze was brought under control, but not extinguished, at 3:15 a.m.
this morning, fire departments were still on the scene, extinguishing
hotspots, as parts of the building continued to collapse. A ladder
truck was at the scene again tonight.
Kovacs said the cause of the fire is undetermined and is under investigation by his office and by the Sheriff's Office.
of the damage was in the center part of the large building that, in
addition to the realty company, also contains two apartments and three
other offices. The apartments and offices, on the west side of the
building, sustained mostly water damage, Kovacs said, and the east side
of the building, where the realty office is located, sustained smoke
and water damage.
"Everybody is doing fine," Outer Beaches
vice-president Kelly Wilson said early this afternoon, adding that they
were all grateful that the fire did not happen during business hours.
"We are making arrangements to get up and running," she added.
company owns two other offices -- in Waves and Hatteras -- and Alex
Risser, Outer Beaches president , owns a large house across the street
from the office. Wilson said the house will be set up for use as a
temporary Avon location.
She said that the company's computer
servers and central phone system were located in the building, and that
the company is working with service providers to deal with those issues
The coming weekend will be busy for local property
management companies with many guests and owners checking in for
"There will be no problem for incoming guests
or property owners," Wilson said. She added that Risser will probably
issue a statement for guests and owners on the company's website, www.outerbeaches.com, later today.
This evening on its website, Outer Beaches asked guests scheduled to check in at Avon to check in at the Waves office instead.
in the community has reached out to help us, including all of the other
property management (companies)," said Wilson. And, she said, the
firefighters did a great job battling the blaze.
Oceana's Bistro came in during the early morning hours to serve coffee
and biscuits to exhausted firefighters and company employees.