For 32 years the Christmas Mouse store in Nags Head has been a part of the Outer Banks. Hopefully, that will continue, but the fire that consumed the building today puts its future in doubt.
How Did the Christmas Mouse Burning Happen
The building was unoccupied at the time the fire began, sometime around 2:00 p.m. By the time the blaze was noticed, flames had reached the roof, and with the strong south wind blowing today, the fire spread quickly.
Burning embers from the fire were blown to a little stand of trees immediately to the north of the building and small fires were ignited in the brush. They were quickly put out.
Black smoke billowed into the sky as the Christmas Mouse burned, the radio towers beside the building rising eerily above the smoke. Nags Head Police stopped traffic from entering the Food Lion Shopping Center, the Shoppes at 10.5. Actually traffic was diverted to the Beach Road on Admiral Street, the street that is the entrance to the shopping plaza.
Visually, the building looks to be a complete loss, although no assessment has been done yet. The cause of the fire is also unknown at this time.
The blaze was a two-alarm fire with the Nags Head and Kitty Hawk Fire Departments responded. The quick response from local fire departments probably kept the fire from doing more damage. With the wind as strong as it was today, burning embers could have caused neighboring buildings to catch on fire.