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Michael’s Oceanfront Motel, 4 other buildings destroyed in 9-alarm fire in Salisbury

A massive hurricane-triggered fire destroyed at least five buildings in Salisbury early Monday - including a motel and several residential buildings. The windswept Central Avenue fire was reported around 2 a.m. and grew to nine alarms. The fire destroyed Michael's Oceanfront Motel and spread to at least four other residential buildings, including a 12-unit apartment complex and other residential buildings. "We had hurricane winds fighting this fire. It was a wind-driven fire, but the firefighters did a fantastic job of holding it back to the five structures that were on fire," said Salisbury fire captain Andrew Murphy. Firefighters and police knocked on doors and shouted at the residents to flee. "Knocked on my door. I did not know why anyone was knocking on my door. There was a hectic officer shouting," Everyone must get out of here! There is a fire down the street. The wind blows it this way. "Everyone has to get out! '" Said resident John McGuirk. SE: Resident describes police shouting for residents to flee the fire. Crews from surrounding communities were called in, including crew from New Hampshire. No injuries were reported. A total of 30 residents were displaced. "It just hurts us, you know? It's a really small community, everyone's pretty sentimental. But it's unreal," said resident Jacob Crouch. The Red Cross and Salvation Army are on site assisting displaced residents. There is also a heat center at the Hilton Center.

A massive hurricane-triggered fire destroyed at least five buildings in Salisbury early Monday - including a motel and several residential buildings.

The windswept Central Avenue fire was reported around 2 a.m. and grew to nine alarms. The fire destroyed Michael's Oceanfront Motel and spread to at least four other residential buildings, including a 12-unit apartment complex and other residential buildings.

"We had hurricane winds fighting this fire. It was a wind-driven fire, but the firefighters did a good job of limiting it to the five structures that were on fire," said Salisbury fire captain Andrew Murphy.

Firefighters and police knocked on doors and shouted for residents to flee.

"I got a knock on my door. I did not know why anyone was knocking on my door. There was a hectic officer shouting, 'Everyone is going to get out of here! There's a fire down the street. The wind is blowing it this way. Everyone have to get out! '"said resident John McGuirk.

WATCH: Residents describe police shouting at residents to flee the fire

Crews from surrounding communities were called in, including crews from New Hampshire.

No injuries were reported. A total of 30 residents were displaced.

"It just hurts us, you know? It's a really small community, everyone's pretty sentimental. But it's unreal," said resident Jacob Crouch.

The Red Cross and Salvation Army are on site assisting displaced residents. There is also a heat center at the Hilton Center.

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