911 calls released in Wakefield brush fire

Fast spreading fire engulfs Wakefield Golf Course on Falls of the Neuse Road in Raleigh Saturday afternoon. Residents in nearby townhomes battle flames as they creep toward their homes.

February 23, 2011 10:48:11 AM PST
Authorities have released about a dozen 911 calls from eyewitnesses reporting the brush fire at Wakefield Plantation Saturday afternoon.The huge brush fire happened near Falls of the Neuse Road around 3 p.m. and spanned over 25 acres.

A significant amount of the nearby golf course was overrun by fire, along with a lot of vegetation.

Several eyewitnesses called authories as flames creeped up to the back of nearby homes.

Click here to listen to all the 911 calls

No evacuations were issued, but residents throughout the area scrambled to get their things and get out.

As flames reached the back porches of houses, some residents decided to take matters into their own hands with their garden hoses.

Three homes sustained minor damage - melted vinyl siding, but no structure damage. Many firefighters were on structure protection as the flames grew.

No one was seriously injured, but one firefighter had to be taken to the hospital for dehydration.

Images from Chopper11 HD show firefighters battling the blaze. One fire engine actually had to be evacuated at one point, because the fire got too close.

Crews were able to get the blaze under control by Saturday evening.

Three holes on the golf course also suffered minor damage. The general manager of the course says the golf course will stay open, but those three holes will be closed while they make repairs.

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