NAGS HEAD, N.C. (WAVY) — Firefighters responded Friday afternoon to a two-alarm fire at the Christmas Mouse store in Nags Head.
The town’s fire department said a call about the fire was received around 2:15 p.m. Firefighters from Kill Devil Hills also responded to the fire at the store, which opened more than 30 years ago.
Images from the scene showed the store engulfed in flames and smoke billowing into the sky.
The two-story, 8,000-square-foot store along U.S. 158 in Nags Head at milepost 10.5 opened in 1987.
Radio station WRSF Dixie 105.7 used to in the same building as the Christmas Mouse, but has since moved.
In the other section of the Christmas Mouse store, the windows were blown out and the inside seemingly destroyed.
A nearby treeline was burnt and there was some fire damage to a cellphone tower.
No injuries were reported.
Locals said the blaze hits the Outer Banks hard.
“It is definitely a loss for the community, and it will be missed and it will be mourned if it doesn’t come back,” said community member, Sheryl Williams.
Ray Turner works at a local radio station next door, and says he rushed over after seeing smoke.
“When we arrived, we saw flames coming out of the back of the building, that’s when we started to call 911,” said Turner.
He says the business was open Friday but isn’t sure if anyone was inside when the fire began.
“The store manager actually showed up, she said she had just left before, had gone to the bank to get some change and when she came back she said ‘now I’m unemployed’,” Turner said.
Turner says seeing all the damage is devastating.
“It’s the first thing everybody is talking about how devastated they are for the community for the owners and for everybody that works there and for the folks who won’t be able to visit for some time … quite a while it seems like,” he explained.
The cause of the fire is being investigated.