Officials Continue Virginia Ave. House Fire Investigation; 6 Port-A-Johns Burned Same Night At Freeman Park
- Published on Wednesday, 27 February 2013 21:01
- Written by Super User
Left: (Photo: southerndigitalart.com) The Carolina Beach Fire Department responded to a fire at 104 Virginia Avenue late Wednesday night February 20. (Right:) A few hours later a trailer of portable restrooms was destroyed by fire in nearby Freeman Park.
By WILLARD KILLOUGH III
CAROLINA BEACH - Two fires in one night within a short distance of each other. That was the case last Wednesday night February 20, when the Carolina Beach Fire Department responded to a fire at 104 Virginia Avenue. at around 11PM. According to Fire Chief Alan Griffin, the house was under construction and suffered severe damage to a room on the second floor. No one was injured.
The construction was complete and crews were painting the interior earlier in the day. The power was not in service. Fire officials, the State Bureau of Investigation and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) continue their investigation into the cause of the fire.
Chief Griffin said the fire was largely contained to one room and firefighters put the flames out quickly. But the fire had burned hot enough to burn through the floor. He said the owners will likely have to take that part of the structure and begin anew.
While on the scene of the house fire on Virginia Ave, firefighters responded to another fire at marker 4 in Freeman Park just before 2:30am Thursday morning. The porta johns and trailer where basically fully burned.
A Carolina Beach Police officer had patrolled the park approximately one hour earlier and only noticed one vehicle in the area.
It was a standalone trailer with 6 port-a-john units on it. The trailer is valued at $3,700. The port-a-johns are $525 each. Delivery was $600 for all six of the port-a-johns.
Chief Griffin said no connection between the two incidents has been established.