I arrived back on the island yesterday evening on the 5 o'clock Hatteras ferry. David & Amy (and David's parents, Pat & Steve, and Lachlan, of course) wanted me to stop by for chili. It was dusk, so I made a detour by the late Barbara Spencer home "up Trent" to see the recent fire damage. It was quite the scene. I understood islanders' concerns, and the respect everyone has for our volunteer fire department. Although the house was a total loss, as far as I know no one suffered any serious injury, and there was little or no damage to adjacent homes and trees.
Amy sent me some photos. You can see for yourself how destructive this fire was.
You can read our latest newsletter here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news021806.htm. It's the story of the US Life Saving Station on Ocracoke and the wreck of the A.F. Crockett on February 17, 1885.