The residential house fire in Buxton early this morning (Oct. 23). Photo by Edwin S. Grosvenor courtesy of Island Free Press.

From our news sources–updated 9:45 a.m.

A multi-residential fire along Diamond Shoals Drive on Buxton has delayed the detonation today of a WWII era bomb found Thursday on the beach there.

According to a press release from Dare County, four individuals remain unaccounted for and Dare County EMS transported two individuals to the Outer Banks Hospital in Nags Head for care.

Volunteer fire departments from Buxton, Hatteras and Frisco responded shortly after 4 a.m. when a caller reported that flames were visible at the structure.

A second alarm went out shortly after, and additional units responded to the scene. Fire crews remain actively engaged with the response at this time.

The Dare County Fire Marshal will be investigating the cause of the fire. Dare County will issue updates as more information is known. 

The Cape Hatteras National Seashore issued a press release that the exploding of the unexploded ordnance (UXO) until later this morning or early afternoon. A specific time has not been set.

A U.S. Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal unit out of Norfolk, Virginia, will do the detonation.

The unit has established a half-mile safety perimeter around the unexploded ordnance, described as a 100-pound aerial bomb from the World War II era, buried in the beach near the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse Beach Access parking area.

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