Surf City condo fire ruled accidental electrical fire

Updated: Aug. 4, 2020 at 10:45 PM EDT
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SURF CITY, N.C. (WECT) - A fire at the Surf Condos in Surf City has been ruled an accidental electrical fire.

Roughly 30 people were initially evacuated from the building as firefighters fought the blaze near the peak of Hurricane Isaias’ pass around midnight.

Pender County did not open any emergency shelters ahead of the storm.

Emergency Management helped accommodate people who needed temporary shelter as a result.

We were told only a handful of people will be displaced long-term, as most units are rentals.

The unit where the fire began on the outside deck was destroyed, and surrounding units have heavy damage.

The same complex also saw part of one building’s roof blow off during the storm.

It was found lying nearly intact on a neighboring road, and appeared to have knocked down some utility lines but spared neighboring homes.

One witness told WECT the fire was scarier than the hurricane.

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