House fire

Officials survey the damage left by a fire that destroyed a Harkers Island home early Wednesday morning. (Contibuted photo)

HARKERS ISLAND — An accidental fire early Wednesday morning destroyed an unoccupied house that been undergoing hurricane damage repairs.

County Fire Marshal Eddie Lewis said firefighters from the Harkers Island, Beaufort, Marshallberg and Otway fire departments, as well as from Carteret County Emergency Services, did a great job and kept the fire at 167 Old Ferry Dock Road from spreading to nearby homes and other structures.

“The call came in at 1:37 a.m. and it was 27 degrees out there,” he said. “That’s a great response at the time and in those conditions. Most of these firefighters are volunteers, and we really appreciate their efforts. This fire could easily have spread.”

The home, which Mr. Lewis said is a total loss, is owned by Raymond and Teresa Davis.

“They have insurance,” Mr. Lewis said, “but I don’t know how much. I pray it’s enough.”

Mr. Lewis said the Red Cross is aiding the family. Thankfully, he said, the couple had removed a lot of their possessions from the house while the hurricane repairs were underway.

Mr. and Mrs. Davis are the parents of Brian Davis, a Beaufort Fire Department employee who also volunteers with the Otway department, where he is the chief. He helped fight the fire.

Contact Brad Rich at 252-864-1532; email; or follow on Twitter @brichccnt.

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