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Coast Guard families impacted by deadly Buxton fire, agency says

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Posted at 5:01 PM, Oct 31, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-31 17:01:04-04

BUXTON, N.C. - Members of the U.S. Coast Guard and their families were impacted by last Friday's deadly residential fire in Buxton, the agency said.

Four people were confirmed to have died in the October 23 fire, and three members of a Coast Guard family remain unaccounted for.

According to Dare County Emergency Management, the fire was reported shortly after 4 a.m. Volunteer fire departments from Buxton, Hatteras and Frisco responded to the fire at 46110 Cape Hatteras Lane.

Crews from the Avon Volunteer Fire Department also responded after a second alarm was sounded, and Dare County EMS, the Dare County Sheriff's Office, Hatteras Island Rescue, the Kill Devil Hills Fire Marshal and the American Red Cross were also on scene to assist.

Two people were taken to the Outer Banks Hospital in Nags Head for treatment for their injuries.

The fire caused severe damage to neighboring residences on Cape Hatteras Lane.

The agency says local Coast Guardsmen have received an outpouring of support from both the local community and from around the country.

"This is an exceptionally hard time for our members and their families," said Capt. Matt Baer, Commander, Sector North Carolina. "It is heartening to see the outpouring of support from the Outer Banks and around the country."

The cause of the fire is under investigation by North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation, the Dare County Sheriff's Department and the Coast Guard Investigative Service.