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Officials Investigating Thursday Night Virginia Avenue House Fire

The Carolina Beach Fire Department responded to a house fire at 103 Virginia Avenue Thursday night. No one was injured.

By WILLARD KILLOUGH III
Managing Editor

CAROLINA BEACH - The Carolina Beach Fire Department responded to a house fire at 103 Virginia Avenue last Thursday night. The fire is believed to have started sometime after 10PM.
Carolina Beach Fire Chief Alan Griffin said the cause of the fire is still under investigation. No firefighters were injured and the home was not occupied at the time.
Some construction work had recently been performed.
Chief Griffin said upon arrival fire fighters stopped the fire where they found it, preventing it from spreading to the rest of the home and adjacent structures. The fire was knocked down within 15 to 20 minutes.
Last year firefighters responded to a fire at 104 Virginia Avenue on February 20th, 2013 across the street from the most recent house fire.
Chief Griffin said that 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) investigated  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.
While on the scene of the 2013 house fire on Virginia Ave, firefighters responded to another fire at marker 4 in Freeman Park just before 2:30am. Port-a-johns on a 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 were $525 each. Delivery was $600 for all six of the port-a-johns.
Chief Griffin said no connection between the two incidents was ever established.