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Arcade on Carolina Beach boardwalk catches fire

Posted September 25, 2014

— The owners of an arcade on the boardwalk at Carolina Beach vowed to rebuild Thursday after the business was gutted by fire Thursday morning.

Billowing smoke could be seen from the oceanfront, and the flames also damaged a nearby pizza parlor. No injuries were reported.

"It was billowing so much, you couldn't see the buildings," visitor Dennis Fish said.

"We saw the fire from down the beach," visitor Petra Anderson said. "So, we're trying to find out, if we bring them there, if there are doughnuts or not."

Britts Donut Shop, a Carolina Beach landmark, wasn't damaged by the fire.

"As long as Britts didn't burn down, that's an icon," Fish said.

"Everybody comes over, 'It wasn't Britts, was it?'" a police captain said with a laugh.

Police put up barricades to keep people away from the arcade until engineers can check the stability of the building.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation, but authorities said they don't consider it suspicious.

Carolina Beach Fire Chief Allen Griffin said fires have damaged the boardwalk area before, but they aren't common.

A lot of local still talk about a fire in the early 1940s that destroyed the entire boardwalk. It was rebuilt then, and people said they hope it once again comes back strong.

"This is the heart of Carolina Beach," Griffin said. "It's what brings a lot of visitors. A lot of people come to Britts and come to the boardwalk for the arcade."


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  • Joseph Shepard Sep 25, 2014
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    Carolina Beach has gone down hill now for many years. As a teenager, I spent many happy days there--but its gotten broken down and ratty in appearance. Maybe its time to do some renovations to bring it back up to normal.

  • Eq Videri Sep 25, 2014
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    And you thought it was hot back in the old days...

  • Trisha Davis Sep 25, 2014
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    As long as Britt's is okay I'm a happy camper! Love me some Britt's!

  • MudLife Sep 25, 2014

    Thank The Lord Britts wasn't damaged!!

  • Erik Vinson Sep 25, 2014
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    Because what they'r doing is working fine. Why add unnecessary variables to a formula that balances out?!

  • Ishitonthewralcorncobdesk Sep 25, 2014

    I was there once. It's like a small southern version of Atlantic City. Both are nasty.

  • Rilif Sep 25, 2014

    I like carolina beach. Stay in the hotel, let the kids surf for a few days, eat at the church with the lobster on the roof, try to avoid diabetes while consuming brits donuts. I do feel out of place there sometimes because I don't have any ink.

  • A cold, hard dose of Hans Sep 25, 2014

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    Charm? Are you sure we're talking about the same place?

  • brandy213122 Sep 25, 2014

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    I agree. I love the Donut shop but the rest of it just seems like there isn't much there. I know at one time they were trying to "Save the Boardwalk" but I don't know how far that went. If that huge hotel didn't take half the boardwalk, maybe it would have had a chance. Now, when we go to the beach, we just go to Atlantice Beach.