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Wind-driven fire destroys Surf City motel

Posted January 31, 2013

— A wind-driven fire destroyed part of an iconic Surf City motel and a nearby home early Thursday, Mayor Zander Guy said. 

Emergency crews responded to Tiffany's Motel, at 1502 N. New River Dr., about 3:30 a.m., just as storms associated with a powerful cold front moved through the area. 

Guy said the oldest part of the 30-year-old motel was completely destroyed, and the newer section was heavily damaged. A nearby home was also destroyed, and another building was damaged by the flames. 

One person inside the hotel at the time of the fire suffered minor burns, but no other injuries were reported.

Authorities have not released any other information about the fire, including a possible cause.

It took crews about three hours to bring the fire completely under control.

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  • djofraleigh Jan 31, 3:07 p.m.

    30-year old structure is not "iconic." -- commment

    Love talking language usage.

    AGE doesn't determinate "iconic" unless you say mean art being classical, as the athlete in discus or javalin poses. Icons were once just religious symbols, I think. Nowadays, my desktop has many, Google, being one.

    The motel was a handy "landmark" after referring to the 'draw' bridge (actually a swing bridge). In the context of Surf City, the Hardess would be an icon, and landmark, as well as that greasy roofed cafe, Batts Grill, where you turn on New River. strangely, the ocean itself is not 'iconic' in that it's all over the east coast and world.

    "Madonna" used to bring to mind "Holy mother and child" but our society has lowered that word to mean a woman who would do anything for money and attention.

    In Surf City, on the coastal island where weather changes things, evan a little motel sitting closely on both sides of the main road and is open all the year, becomes "iconic."

    WRAL was OK to u

  • Whatever Geez Jan 31, 12:17 p.m.

    A shame, to be sure. But, a 30-year old structure is not "iconic."

    pappy1

    then define "iconic"?

  • Whatever Geez Jan 31, 12:16 p.m.

    (maybe use the insurance money to put decent beds in the other part of the hotel! It was so bad, we left a day early. None of us could stand it anymore! All 3 of the beds in our unit. I dont' care how nice a place or great a location- which it was, if you can't sleep, you are miserable.)

    busyb97

    Maybe you all are just wussies....blah blah blah....

  • busyb97 Jan 31, 10:43 a.m.

    The main part of the hotel is across the street and didn't look damaged. This was just a small single-story section and the offices. (We were there this summer). If it were me, I'd just rebuild the office or move it into the building across the way, and call it a day! Thankfully, no one was hurt.

    (maybe use the insurance money to put decent beds in the other part of the hotel! It was so bad, we left a day early. None of us could stand it anymore! All 3 of the beds in our unit. I dont' care how nice a place or great a location- which it was, if you can't sleep, you are miserable.)

  • beachboater Jan 31, 9:29 a.m.

    WOW. A structure fire in the winds we had last night? Those firefighters (all volunteer I think) did a great job to keep it contained to the hotel and one house.

  • WageSlave Jan 31, 9:01 a.m.

    A shame, to be sure. But, a 30-year old structure is not "iconic."
    pappy1

    When you consider what hurricane Fran and froyd did to that area it is. I have property about 4 miles from there.

  • Country Girlz Have MORE fun Jan 31, 8:55 a.m.

    The people at that beach are so kind. I hate seeing reports on damage to Surf City / Topsail.

  • texasncgirl Jan 31, 8:37 a.m.

    so so sad. hope they can bounce back and rebuild! the owners really did a lot with that place! i practically spent all of my childhood summers in Surf City and watched that place really transform over the years. thank you to all the many fire departments that came out to respond.

  • pappy1 Jan 31, 8:31 a.m.

    A shame, to be sure. But, a 30-year old structure is not "iconic."