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911 recordings released in Carolina Beach condo fires

Posted December 9, 2014

Mary Angeline Cochran, left, and Darlene Ann Maslar

— A dozen 911 recordings released Tuesday are providing more details about what happened early Saturday at Carolina Beach when separate fires tore through two condominiums, killing two women and threatening the lives of others, including a family trapped inside one of the buildings.

"There's a car on fire. The house is on fire," a man, breathing heavily, reported in a call at 3:39 a.m. as a woman screamed for help in the background. "We can't get out, because it's at the front door."

"Now the whole house is on fire, and I think the car is going to explode," he continued. "We have a baby."

In all, three fires were reported that morning. According to the 911 calls, each involved burning cars.

About four minutes before the 3:39 a.m. call, another man called 911, reporting that he pulled up at the same location and saw a man setting fire to a car.

"Some kid was just in this van and setting it on fire," the caller said. "He went out on the beach and is running north … We've got to get these people out around these buildings here. I'm going to start knocking on doors."

The man was younger, white and wearing a tan shirt, the caller told the 911 operator.

"I'm scared this (expletive) thing is going to blow up," he added.

That fire was at 811 Carolina Beach Ave. South, according to investigators.

Firefighters were already battling a fire from about an hour earlier four blocks away, at 409 Carolina Beach Ave. South, where Darlene Ann Maslar, 43, and Mary Angeline Cochran, 72, were killed. Their names were released Tuesday afternoon.

"The entire building's on fire," a frantic caller from across the street said in a call shortly before 2:30 a.m.

She was concerned for her friend living on the second floor who has difficulty walking.

Within seconds, another caller reported seeing a car on fire in a parking deck below the burning building.

"There are people trying to get them out right now," she said.

A woman called 911 just before 4 a.m., reporting a car fire outside a room at the Sea Ranch Motel, at 1123 S. Lake Park Blvd.

"We just woke up to a car horn and people yelling, so I don't know what's going on," she said.

Authorities have charged Marshall Hudson Doran, 22, of Kure Beach on a charge of attempted first-degree burglary and say he is a person interest in the fires.

He was being held Tuesday on a $2.5 million bond at the New Hanover County jail.

Doran was out of jail in Wake County on a $500,000 bond on two counts of felony death by motor vehicle, two counts of hit-and-run and one count of driving while impaired in connection with a Feb. 13 hit-and-run killing on Interstate 40 in Garner.

Authorities say Doran was traveling 60 mph through snow and ice along Interstate 40 when he struck Nathaniel Williams, 34, of Hope Mills and Larry Kepley, 39, of Winston-Salem. Both men had stopped to help a stranded driver.


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  • Sean Creasy Dec 10, 2014
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    Why was this individual released back on the street in the first place? It was oblivious then that he had no regard for human life and now two more people are dead because of it. In my opinion whomever put up his bond should be sitting in jail right beside him facing accessory to murder charges for enabling him to do this.

  • snowl Dec 9, 2014

    How did they ID this guy so quickly as a person of interest and his arrest on burglary charges?

  • ligonmaterial23 Dec 9, 2014

    It was sad last year , we towed Larrys truck in , I remember getting in it and seeing his coffee still sitting there steaming and thinking , this guy is gone , prob has family , was out helping and got taken away by some disturbed punk kid

  • BlahBlahBlahBlahBlah Dec 9, 2014

    Deepest sympathies for the families and friends o the two victims. This story is unbelievably sad.