Two structure fires in Seagrove were intentionally set

SEAGROVE, N.C — A guest and the owners of the Duck Smith House Bed and Breakfast escaped the flames that were burning the Seagrove business.

“I was not comprehending it,” says bed and breakfast co-owner Barbara Murphy. “I was in a sound sleep and I was not dealing with it real well.”

Firefighters quickly put out the early Monday morning fires that were on the porch of the bed and breakfast and the porch of the nearby cottage.

No one was hurt but the bed and breakfast did suffer cosmetic damage.

Suzanne Murphy, co-owner of the Duck Smith House Bed and Breakfast, says the house is structurally sound. But the smell of smoke is strong, forcing the sisters to cancel several reservations.

“They are very sad about not coming tomorrow but they understand it. They will come back next month,” she said. “Anyone we cancel we know they will come back because this is their destination.”

While the sisters are preparing to reopen the Duck Smith House Bed and Breakfast, the Randolph County Sheriff’s Office says a juvenile is responsible for setting the fires. Investigators say they will file multiple charges against the youth. Suzanne Murphy hopes the charges will help the teenager.

“I hope it can be addressed and she will have a functioning life; because what’s going to happen if she doesn’t?”

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