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Multiple Dare County fire departments and emergency agencies, including all Hatteras Island volunteer fire departments (VFDs), responded to a major fire in Manns Harbor at the Manteo Furniture & Appliance Warehouse and Valentino Custom Boats buildings in Manns Harbor on Tuesday afternoon, Feb. 27.

“It was the biggest fire response in Dare County that I’ve ever seen,” said Frank Hopkins, the chief of Avon Volunteer Fire Department, who’s fought fire for 27 years in Dare County.

The fire was reported around 3 p.m. with flames coming from the back of the building. The buildings were evacuated, and no injuries were reported.

All Dare County fire departments were asked to respond, and agencies from Tyrrell County and Currituck County were also on the scene, according to Island Free Press reporter, Jack Danz.

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Within several hours, the Manteo Furniture warehouse collapsed, but crews continued to work to contain the fire and protect surrounding structures in the industrial area of the Dare County mainland.

The Valentino Custom Boats building did not collapse, but experienced “significant damage,” Hopkins said.

“Fire destroyed our Manns Harbor warehouse today, but fortunately no injuries to employees, neighbors and firefighters,”  wrote Ken Daniels, the owner of Manteo Furniture & Appliance, in a Facebook post.

The warehouse stored upholstery and casegoods, Daniels wrote.

A house and shed on the north side of the industrial complex caught fire as well. A residential building in front of the warehouses did not burn.

First responders on the scene deemed the fire “fully involved” meaning firefighters fought the blaze from the outside of the building to contain the fire.

The fire departments used three ponds to pump water into tankers and shuttled water to the scene of the fire.

Heavy equipment was needed to lift the metal structure of the collapsed building to put out the fire on the inside.

Two Hazmat technicians took water samples for hazardous materials burned on the scene.

The cause of the fire remains unknown at this time, but an investigation will be conducted by Dare County Fire Marshall Steven Kovacs.

This is a developing story and the Island Free Press will continue to post updates as they become available.

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