Several units at Ocean Reef condominiums damaged in Sunday fire in Emerald Isle

The Emerald Isle, Western Carteret, Indian Beach/Salter Path, Atlantic Beach and Western Carteret fire departments were all involved in putting out a blaze that damaged units in Ocean Reef, a gated condominium community in Emerald Isle, late Sunday afternoon. (Indian Beach Fire and EMS Department photo)

EMERALD ISLE — Several units in the gated Ocean Reef condominium development on Ocean Drive in central Emerald Isle were damaged in a fire Sunday afternoon.

According to town clerk and public information officer Anna Smith, crews from the town, Indian Beach, Pine Knoll Shores, Atlantic Beach and Western Carteret fire departments responded to the call, which came in through 911 shortly after 4 p.m.

Upon arrival, firefighters discovered a blaze in the wall of the second story of a unit at 2517 Ocean Drive.

“Two units in the building sustained fire damage, and two others have water damage,” Ms. Smith said. “Three of the units were vacation rentals and one was empty. Nobody was reported injured by the fire.”

The various departments were on the scene for several hours as there were fires in several “void” spaces in the walls.

Ms. Harvey said Monday Emerald Isle Fire Department Chief Bill Walker investigated the fire and reported the cause was “accidental.” She did not elaborate.

Ms. Smith said the individuals affected by the fire in their units have been “taken care of by their rental company.”

“Unfortunately,  I do not have a number of how many people were staying in the vacation units,” she added. “Thankfully, nobody was hurt as a result of the incident.”


Disclosure: Anna Smith is married to News-Times sports reporter J.J. Smith, who was not involved in the production of this article.



Editor's note: This article was last updated at 1:42 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2021.  

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