Fire destroys waterfront home in Camden

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A firefighter watches as another firefighter positioned high overhead on a ladder douses flames of a fire at a waterfront home on Cooks Landing Road in Camden County, Wednesday afternoon.


From staff reports

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

CAMDEN — Fire completely destroyed a home in the Taylors Beach subdivision in Camden County on Wednesday.

Kirk Jennings, chief of the South Camden Volunteer Fire Department, said the fire at the two-story house at 133 Cooks Landing Road was “fully involved” when the first firefighters arrived shortly before noon.

Firefighters from South Camden, the city of Elizabeth City, and the volunteer departments in South Mills and Crawford, in Currituck County, responded with a total of nine fire vehicles, using a technique to draft water from the nearby Pasquotank River to fight the flames.

Their efforts weren’t enough, however, to save the house. 

“It was a total loss,” Jennings said.

No injuries were reported in the blaze. However, two household pets could not be saved, Jennings said.

A separate structure on the property used as a garage and apartment was not damaged by the blaze, he said.

The house’s owners, whom Jennings declined to identify, were not home when the fire was reported at 11:45 a.m. They arrived later while firefighters were battling the flames, he said.

Jennings said the fire’s cause and origins are under investigation by the Elizabeth City Fire Marshal’s Office. 

Firefighters were on the scene at Cooks Landing Road for approximately six hours on Wednesday.