The remains of a duplex where the fire appears to have originated. Photo by Don Bowers/Island Free Press

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Dare County Emergency Management has confirmed that four people died in an early Friday morning fire in Buxton that sent two others to the hospital.

Names of the deceased are being withheld, pending notification of their next of kin.

The fire happened in the Cottages at the Cape neighborhood, which was once part of military housing dating back to 1958 for Naval Facility Cape Hatteras. 

“Thoughts and prayers are with all who have been impacted by this tragic fire, especially those that lost loved ones,” said Drew Pearson, Dare County Emergency Management Director.  “We thank all those that answered the call, from the 911 call takers to each and every first responder, numerous volunteers and the fire investigators for their tireless efforts.”   

Crews from Buxton Volunteer Fire Department assisted by Avon, Hatteras and Frisco Volunteer Fire departments responded to reports of visible flames coming from a residence at 46110 Cape Hatteras Lane shortly after 4 a.m. on Friday. 

Dare County EMS, the Dare County Sheriff’s Office, Hatteras Island Rescue, Kill Devil Hills Fire Marshal, and the American Red Cross were also on scene to assist. 

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

Investigators from the State Bureau of Investigation, Office of the State Fire Marshal, the Dare County Sheriff’s Office and the Dare County Fire Marshal assisted by Buxton firefighters continue to investigate the cause of the fire.

Updates will be provided by the Dare County Fire Marshal’s office as additional information becomes available. 

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