KNOTTS ISLAND, N.C. (WAVY) — A family of six was displaced from a fire Friday morning at a Knotts Island home.
Crews from Virginia Beach were called around 6:50 a.m. to assist in a fire at a one-story home on Wade Avenue, on the southern end of the island.
Images from the Virginia Beach Fire Department showed heavy damage at the house, along with smoke and flames.
A Virginia Beach firefighter was injured at the scene, and was taken to the hospital for evaluation. Officials say the firefighter’s injuries were not considered serious.
Four adults and two children — along with several pets — were displaced in the fire. The Red Cross was called to help the displaced family.
Officials say the fire was declared under control shortly after 8:30 a.m. A Virginia Beach investigator was called to the scene to determine what caused the fire.
Neighbors say the last thing they expected to wake up to this morning was a street full of fire trucks.
“I was still sleeping and I heard crackling,” said James C. Edge, who lives next door to the destroyed home.
Edge says he thought the flames were from a bonfire, because he says his neighbor sometimes has them. It wasn’t until he walked to his front door that he saw the home on fire.
“I looked out and went, ‘Woah! A fire is roaring!’ And the heat, I could feel,” he said.
Edge says he heard both the the Knotts Island Volunteer Fire Department and the Virginia Beach Fire Department arrive.
Currituck County officials say Knotts Island crews called Virginia Beach for mutual aid.
“We’re very grateful for their assistance,” Deputy Chief Tim Riley said.
Riley said about 30 people battled the flames for over an hour.
Due to Knotts Island’s remote location and the intensity of the fire, crews had to draw water from the nearby ferry dock.
Riley says the family thankfully escaped the home when they heard smoke alarms going off.
“One of the things I’d like to stress is that smoke detectors saved lives today. The smoke detectors did their job, alerted the occupants. Smoke detectors are your best friend,” Riley said.
Riley says the fire department always pushes to make sure families not only have a smoke detector, but also ensure that it’s working.
“One of the problems with house fires is smoke inhalation and the components in smoke. Smoke is a poisonous gas with carbon monoxide and all kinds of dangerous chemicals. The smoke will kill you before the fire does,” he said.
The family displaced by the fire spoke with 10 On Your Side off camera. They told us the smoke detector that alerted them to the fire was installed a little over a month ago and was given to them by the Knotts Island Volunteer Fire Department for free.
The family says the Knotts Island Market is also accepting donations to replace lost items.