COROLLA, N.C. – NC-12 was closed in both directions in Corolla Friday night after a large fire torched a building and two homes, according to WTKR.
The fire started in the Brindley Beach Vacation and Sales Center around 7:15 p.m. and spread to two nearby homes on the north side of the building, according to Randall Edwards of Currituck Emergency Management.
The blaze, which also sparked grass fires nearby, was not marked under control until around 10:45 p.m.
The building was empty and there were no injuries, but the structure is a total loss.
“I got a call from my wife saying it’s not on fire, it’s gone,” said Douglas Brindley, owner of Brindley Beach Vacation and Sales Center.
A chimney is all that’s left of what used to be the 12,000 square foot building.
Five rental homes nearby, which were unoccupied, also have serious structural damage.
Investigators think high winds fanned the flames and caused it to spread, but there is still no word on what caused the fire.