2 homes a total loss from fires at Ocean Isle Beach days after Isaias

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Thursday, August 6, 2020
Homes catch fire at Ocean Isle Beach days after Isaias
Homes catch fire at Ocean Isle Beach days after Isaias. Ana Rivera reports.

OCEAN ISLE BEACH, N.C. (WTVD) -- Several homes caught fire at Ocean Isle Beach on Thursday morning, days after multiple fires had to be put out following Hurricane Isaias making landfall.

A tweet from the Horry County, South Carolina Fire & Rescue squad said their crews were asked to help put out fires to homes on Concord Street. A call came out reporting the fires at 1:13 a.m.

Mayor Debbie Smith said two homes were a total loss and three were damaged. One person was airlifted to Chapel Hill for treatment. The fire is believed to have started from a car parked underneath the home.

Ocean Isle Beach Mayor Debbie Smith spoke to ABC11 after another set of fires in her town.

"We're in cleanup mode," Smith said. "We have a lot of contractors here doing minor stair repairs, deck repairs.

"This is a strong community," she added. "We'll come back."

A previous evacuation was lifted for residents. Visitors will be allowed back on the island Thursday. Smith asked that those on the beach stay away from blocked-off areas.

On Tuesday morning, Crews responded to multiple house fires at Ocean Isle Beach hours after Hurricane Isaias made landfall. Those fires happened when a transformer exploded. Smith said nine homes in total were affected by fires.

Four adults, five children and a basset hound were rescued after Hurricane Isaias hit Oak Island.

Isaias downgraded to a tropical storm while moving through the state, but spawned several tornadoes, one of which was an EF-3 and led to two deaths in Bertie County.

Four adults, five children and a dog were rescued in nearby Oak Island on Tuesday.

"Safely loaded in our MRAP and taken to safety!" a tweet from Brunswick Sherrif's Office read. Oak Island was under a partial evacuation on Wednesday.