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Fire destroys multimillion-dollar coastal home

Posted July 23, 2010

— Lightning was to blame for a fire that destroyed a multimillion-dollar home in the small coastal town of Oriental Wednesday evening.

WNCT-TV reported that more than 50 firefighters fought the blaze for several hours before they were able to contain it.

No one was at the home, in the River Dunes community, at the time of the fire, authorities said.

In 2007, the home gained international attention when it was featured in Coastal Living magazine as the "Idea House" for its modern design.

The owners plan to rebuilt, WNCT reported.


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  • wildcat Jul 23, 2010

    With that kind of money in a home, they can rebuild were most cannot.

  • Whatever Geez Jul 23, 2010

    its burning good isn't it? LOL What was in there....

  • missy01 Jul 23, 2010

    so that's why it was so hot outside that wednesday night.

  • Auggie Ray Jul 23, 2010

    Glad nobody was be 'kilt.'

  • cwood3 Jul 23, 2010

    Welcome to NC in the summer where lightning can start a fire in a minute. Actually, ususally, it takes several hours of smoldering before flames break out. With no one home, the fire probably smoldered until out of control.

    I'm sorry for the owners who will have to go thru so much red tape and stuff to rebuild.

    Good news-no one was injured.

  • JKKC Jul 23, 2010

    RP, they did! This was purely a human mistake!

    Why do you have to insult the machines?????

  • Mr. Middle of the Road Jul 23, 2010

    To quote the great Inspector Closeau, 'Not anymore.'

  • RaleighPirate Jul 23, 2010

    Spellcheck - "The owners plan to rebuilt, WNCT reported."

  • NCTeacher Jul 23, 2010

    So sad, but glad no one was injured or killed. That was a beautiful home and I hope it is rebuilt.