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Massive fire destroys popular 'Cotton Gin' gift shop in Currituck County

A massive fire destroyed the 'Cotton Gin' gift shop in Jarvisburg.

CURRITUCK COUNTY, N.C. — A massive fire destroyed the "Cotton Gin" gift shop in Jarvisburg in Currituck County on Saturday.

Around 1:41 p.m., the Lower Currituck Volunteer Fire Department and Crawford Township Fire Department were called to a structure fire at 6957 Caratoke Highway, Currituck County Fire Chief Ralph Melton said.

Crews could see smoke coming from the gift shop's roof.

More fire crews arrived at 1:48 p.m. and could see flames coming from the roof.

A Tanker Task Force provided supplement water to help extinguish the massive fire, Melton said.

Crews were still on scene of the fire around 8 p.m., Melton said.

No one was injured and the cause of the fire is under investigation.

The "Cotton Gin" is a small chain of gift shops in northeast North Carolina.

The shop has sold fine gifts, beachwear, and souvenirs in the Outer Banks since 1929, according to its website.

“It’s just very sad to smell, the smell of smoke still coming from here," Manteo resident Suzanne Sullivan said. "You know our family has been coming since 1973, and I bought my first little porcelain doll when I came through here. But years ago I worked over at the little warehouse down here back in 2001 and it’s just always been a beautiful place for families to come.”

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