Editorial: Community Comes Together Following Tragedy

By / Editorials / Wednesday, 10 December 2014 05:00

By WILLARD KILLOUGH III
Managing Editor

The three fires that resulted in the death of two residents and destroyed the homes of many others is one the community will never forget. Our community is strong and very giving, coming together after the disaster to help those families impacted by the fires with an outpouring of donations. Money, vehicles, clothing, furnishing and other means of support.
Almost immediately the citizens of this community began to organize efforts to provide for those in need of assistance.
The Pleasure Island Fire Relief Fund had already raised $33,000 within three days and continues to receive donations.
There are many businesses in our community that are organizing fundraising events.
The Sea Witch will match any monetary donation given by patrons and donate 10% of their sales to the Pleasure Island Fire Relief Fund during an event set for Friday December 12th. They are located at 227 Carolina Beach Avenue North. Michael's Seafood donated 20% of their sales on December 8th. The Riptide Taproom and Grill in Carolina Beach, across from BB&T Bank on Raleigh Avenue, will be holding a charity event for the Relief fund on Friday.
There's not enough room in this editorial to list the numerous businesses that have donated money and resources to this cause. This was the worst fire scenario the community has ever seen. Our first responders train for events such as this and have over the years always feared an oceanfront condo fire fully engulfed in flames with strong winds. Luckily the winds were calm that morning helping firefighters to prevent it from spreading to other buildings. 
They did everything they could to manage a horrible situation and then had to deal with two additional fires. We can't imagine the pressure and chaos under which they operated at 300%. They are our local heroes. Thankfully local resident Vic Gore was in the right place to spot and later identify the person who he encountered burning a vehicle and then was able to go door to door waking people up in the early morning hours alerting them to the fire.
While it is truly a tragedy that two precious souls were lost in the first fire, it could have been much worse.
Hopefully our justice system will prevail and the suspect, Marshal Doran, will be punished to the maximum extent the law will allow, which unfortunately cannot adequately fit the crime.

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