National Park Service officials are asking for the public’s help in the investigation of a dock fire at the Cape Lookout National Seashore.
A sailboat captain anchored in Cape Lookout Bight reported the fire around 1 a.m. Thursday on the former Coast Guard station dock at Cape Lookout.
The Harkers Island and Beaufort fire departments responded and extinguished the blaze at about 3:30 a.m., likely saving the majority of the structure, according to the park officials.
The first 350 feet of the old dock, which is valued at well over $1 million, is made of heavy wooden timbers and planking. Initial reports indicate at least 30 feet of the dock was damaged in the fire, but damage estimates were still being completed Thursday.
The park service has requested assistance with the investigation from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, or ATF.
The park service is asking anyone who witnessed anything when the fire began to contact Chief Ranger Jill Jaworski at 252-838-8900