Burning downtown house awakens residents

(Shae Crisson)

October 27, 2011 2:00:14 PM PDT
Fire ripped through a home in the 600 block of South Blount Street Thursday morning, awakening residents.

"There was one occupant we are aware of who did exit the building, she was asleep, awoke to find the fire, she did exit the building safely," Raleigh Fire Department Asst. Chief Frank Warner said.

Officials said no one was injured, but the four people who lived inside the rental home have been displaced after flames destroyed the roof of the one-story structure. Some nearby neighbors were also affected.

"It's me ... my girlfriend, she came over with her daughter too, but we lost everything," neighbor Michael Wood said. "I've got to miss work today, all my work clothes, all that stuff is destroyed, everything."

"I had just got up to take my dog out, and when we got back in, that's when I heard everybody screaming, and a man came and knocked on the door and told everybody to get out," neighbor Iesha Quinn said.

Firefighters said they did not find any smoke detectors in the rental home where the fire started and near-by residents said they did not hear one going off. Smoke detectors are a safety measure required in rental units in North Carolina.

Meanwhile, the cause of the fire is under investigation and displaced residents are getting assistance from the Red Cross.

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