Wind-driven fire destroys Surf City motel
Posted January 31, 2013 6:13 a.m. EST
Updated January 31, 2013 9:04 a.m. EST
Holly Ridge, N.C. — 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.