Wind-swept fire consumes three Corolla houses

By on April 15, 2012

Update: Eighteen in one house escaped big Pine Island fire »

Three houses were hit in Pine Island. (Russ Lay)

Two houses were destroyed and a third was heavily damaged as fire spread quickly overnight in the Pine Island area of Corolla in Currituck County.

Unofficial reports from Twitter and Facebook, as well as transmissions monitored on scanners, indicated that fire departments from around the region battled the fire.

No serious injuries were reported.

Southwest winds of 17 mph were gusting to 22 mph this morning, according to the National Weather Service.

Saturday night. (Submitted photo)

Vehicles were also destroyed. (Russ Lay)

One of the houses was at the end of Hicks Bay Lane on a cul-de-sac. The other two were on an adjacent cul-de-sac at the end of Cottage Cove Road.

Many rentals in Pine Island are valued at more than $1 million. There are also some permanent residents.

The fire apparently was put out shortly before sunrise. Several vehicles were also destroyed. We will post more information as we obtain it.

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