Raw video of controlled burn: Evacuation ordered at Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina.

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NOTE: My apologies to all. This was not a lame attempt at an April Fools joke. I too noted some unusual things at this fire including the fire venting at three distinct locations on the roof and there was no news coverage. But I was also trying to figure out why the person with the camera was suddenly getting their gear. With no answers, I had not intended this to run until I figured it out. I didn’t realize I scheduled it and that it was up and running until I was at dinner with my family and saw the comments. This is, in fact, a controlled burn. Here are details from one of our readers:

This was a training burn on March 17, 2012 with firefighters from KDH, Lower Currituck, and Colington assisted by Dare County EMS.  The house was donated by the owner and had been used for non-live-fire training for several weeks before this.  It was on the sound front (Bay Drive in Kill Devil Hills) and was heavily damaged during Hurricane Irene.  This was approximately the sixth or seventh evolution of the day (give or take).  It was known that if the fire got into the attic, it would spread fast and crews would be pulled.  That’s what happened during this final evolution.  The 1-3/4-inch line wasn’t doing anything to darken the fire, so when it started venting heavily from the attic, the decision was made to pull interior crews, and the house was “let go.”  Kill Devil Hills is a combination department on the northern Outer Banks of North Carolina with three engines, one tower ladder, and a support/rehab unit.


A house fire along North Carolina’s Outer Banks in Kill Devil Hills. No further information.

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