October 24, 2020
A fire in North Carolina yesterday impacted several Coast Guard families living in a housing complex in Buxton. We are in active communication with Captain Matt Baer, the Commanding Officer of Sector North Carolina to respond to the immediate needs of the families who have been displaced and suffered great loss.
Our assistance will help them in the immediate term, and we stand ready to respond to longer term needs as they are identified.
We are actively working with the Coast Guard and our response is happening in real time. Please keep these Coast Guard families, and the entire Coast Guard community, and those who were impacted by this tragedy, in your thoughts and prayers at this very difficult time.
Statement from Captain Matt Baer, USCG, Commanding Officer from Sector North Carolina
Oct. 23, 2020
"This morning, a fire took place at a commercial residential complex in Buxton, North Carolina where several active duty Coast Guard members live.
With great sadness, I have confirmed that the family of one of our active duty members is currently unaccounted for. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers while we investigate this incident with local authorities.
The Coast Guard is a small organization. This tragic incident impacts not only this family, crew and station, but various members, families and units throughout the Coast Guard.
In addition to the individuals currently unaccounted for, three other Coast Guard members and their families were displaced by the fire. They are currently in a safe shelter location.
Members trained in critical incident stress management are currently enroute to support those impacted by this tragedy. We are also working with the Coast Guard Foundation and other organizations to further support our members and families during this difficult time."