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COROLLA, NC -- Three homes in Corolla were damaged or destroyed by fire Saturday night.

Investigators Monday said they haven't determined what sparked the fire in the Pine Island section, but they know it started at 187 Cottage Cove Road around 9:30 p.m.

18 people in the home escaped smoke and flames, but the fire destroyed the home and the six vehicles parked there.

191 Hicks Bay Lane also was destroyed; 185 Cottage Cove Road has significant damage, officials said, adding they were vacant.

Strong winds throughout the night made it difficult to fight the fire, but it was finally brought under control around 4:00 a.m. Sunday.

Nearly a dozen units from Currituck and Dare counties responded.

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