OAK ISLAND – A single-family residence in Oak Island caught fire early Friday morning, with the family of four able to escape unscathed. The house, however, suffered a total loss.
The Oak Island Fire Department responded to a structure fire at 4:40 a.m. at 103 NW 29th St. The fire was under control by 6 a.m. and a minimal crew remains on site to deal with any outbreaks or potential reignition.
The owners’ dog was able to hang out with the family, but a pet bird was lost in the fire and a cat is still missing.
The source of the fire is still under investigation, according to a news release, but Oak Island FD said it is not considered suspicious at this time. Some small propane cylinders and medical oxygen tanks were destroyed in the blaze causing ‘exploding noises’ as reported by neighbors but these appear to be the result of the fire and not the cause.
Two of the three adjacent homes suffered minor heat damage to their exterior siding, with the third unharmed. No injuries among neighbors or the response team were reported.
On site, the Southport Fire Department, Sunset Harbor and Zion Hill Volunteer Fire Department, St. James Fire Department, Brunswick County Emergency Department, and Washington Police Department ‘Oak Island helped on the spot.
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