Crews respond to two-alarm fire at Whitecap Linen in Manteo

By on January 18, 2019

No one was injured in a Friday morning fire at the Whitecap Linen Building in Manteo. (Photo by Sissy Campbell)

Authorities are investigating a Friday morning fire at the unoccupied Whitecap Linen building in Manteo.

Crews were called to the two-alarm fire about 5:30 a.m. by a passerby. Sissy Campbell said she was out for an early-morning walk when she saw and smelled smoke coming from the building.

Village Realty’s Bob Oakes, founder and chairman of Whitecap Linen, said firefighters did a great job containing the blaze. There “was relatively little damage, thankfully,” he said.

Oakes started the business on Main Street in Manteo to offer linen and laundry services for the Outer Banks vacation industry. The company quickly outgrew the Manteo location and has since moved to Columbia.

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