Sad news from the Outer Banks today as fire consumed the Christmas Mouse in Nags Head. As the fire burned, the dark column of smoke was visible from Whalebone Junction in Nags Head to Kitty Hawk.
It’s much too early to know what caused the blaze. Luckily no one was in the building at the time of the fire and no one was injured. However, because no one was in the building when the fire began, the fire was not seen until flames reached the roof.
A small copse of trees just to the north of the building was affected. Burning embers, pushed by a strong south wind, ignited a number of fires in the brush. The fires were quickly extinguished, but it highlights how serious the blaze was.
There is still a long way to go before we know the full extent of the damage and whether or even how the Christmas Mouse will be able to reopen
The store has been a part of Outer Banks traditions since the 1980s. Hopefully, the owners will find a way to reopen for the upcoming season.
Nags Head and Kitty Hawk Fire Departments responded to the alarm.