Fire officials say a home in the Porters Neck area of New Hanover County is a total loss after crews responded to a house fire there around 8:15 Wednesday morning.
NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) - Fire officials say a home in the Porters Neck area of New Hanover County is a total loss after crews responded to a house fire there around 8:15 Wednesday morning.
At least a dozen fire trucks were on the scene of the home, in the 8700 block of Bald Eagle Lane, blocking the intersection of Futch Creek Road and Bald Eagle Lane. A neighbor said she called 911 after her husband saw the smoke when he was pulling out of the driveway on the way to work.
"It went from being smoke to just unreal flames two to three stories tall," recalled neighbor Alice Anderson. "It was scary, I'm glad no one was hurt."
Crews say when they got to the scene there was heavy smoke and fire, most of which they say was on the second story of the home. Flames shot several stories into the air, and smoke could be seen from down the street.
Fire officials said putting out the blaze was harder because there were no fire hydrants nearby. Crews had to shuttle water in from the nearest hydrant after they used up all of the water in their trucks. They said they nearest hydrant was about a mile away.
Deputy Chief Matt Davis said many parts of New Hanover County don't have fire hydrants. He said the department has a plan for all of those areas and the plan during Wednesday's fire was carried out without any issues.
Still he says, not having hydrants nearby takes more manpower, more equipment and more time, explaining that there was a delay in getting water to the home.
"It takes about twice as much equipment and twice as much manpower to fight a fire when there is not a hydrant in the area," said Davis.
Neighbors say the lack of hydrants made Wednesday's fire more concerning.
"Very concerned, very scary, in the sense that there was no water and there were two to three story flames, and where is it going? The house was fully engulfed and starting to get concerned about it heading our way," said Anderson.
Fire officials said they are working with communities and water providers trying to bring hydrants to more areas. They said some should be put on Bald Eagle Lane in about a year and a half.
Officials say no one was hurt and no one was home at the time. The homeowners said they used the home for a beach house.
Official returned to the home Thursday to sift through debris in an effort to find a cause. There is no word at this time what started the fire.