Lightning strike suspected cause of Figure Eight Island house fire

RAW: House fire on Figure 8 Island (Source: Josh DelBusso)
Emergency crews are responding to a structure fire on Figure Eight Island. (Source: K. Hamilton)
Emergency crews are responding to a structure fire on Figure Eight Island. (Source: K. Hamilton)
New Hanover County dispatch received a call at 5:08 a.m. of a house fire in the 300 block of N. Beach Road. (Source: Josh DelBusso)
New Hanover County dispatch received a call at 5:08 a.m. of a house fire in the 300 block of N. Beach Road. (Source: Josh DelBusso)

FIGURE EIGHT ISLAND (WECT) - A lightning strike is suspected to be the cause of a house fire in Figure Eight Island early Friday morning.

According to Ray Griswold of New Hanover County Fire and Rescue, the fire started in the attic of a residence at 9 Clamdigger Point and eventually spread to the third floor.

Griswold said no one was home at the time of the fire, and there are no reports of injuries.

According to Griswold, the first call about the fire came in at 5:12 a.m., and emergency crews could see flames as they crossed the bridge heading into Figure Eight Island.

Emergency crews from New Hanover County, Wilmington and Pender County responded to the fire.

Officials believe a lightning strike from a storm Thursday afternoon may have smoldered.

The owners of the home live in North Wilkesboro and have been notified of the fire, Griswold said.

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