Video by Orville Scarborough
firefighters worked well into the early morning hours to extinguish an
accidental fire that occurred at the former site of the Down Under
Restaurant in Waves.
two-story restaurant had been demolished during the day on Tuesday,
June 27 by East Coast Abatement and Demolition, but the remains of the
structure caught fire at approximately 7:30 p.m.
the Salvo and Rodanthe components of the Chicamacomico Banks Volunteer
Fire Department, as well as the Avon Volunteer Fire Department,
responded to the fire. State Troopers also assisted with managing
traffic, which slowed down during periods of heavy smoke.
fire was completely extinguished by 4:30 a.m. on Wednesday morning. “It
was a pile of rubble to start with, so the fire was deep into the site,
and we had difficulty getting to all the [pockets of fire],” said
Chicamacomico Banks Fire Chief Mike Daugherty. “It was an accidental
fire – it wasn’t a controlled burn.”
of Wednesday morning, it was reported that the Dare County Fire
Marshall was heading to the site to examine the incident further.
Photos by Eric Rienstra