Family of 7 displaced in Carrboro fire

One person was about to lay down for a nap when he saw smoke coming from the AC vent
December 4, 2013 1:25:18 PM PST
A family of seven has been displaced after a fire ripped through their Carrboro home Wednesday.

Only one person was at home when the first started, and was about to lay down for a nap when he saw smoke rising from the AC vent.

"I don't know what I was thinking. I said oh lord my house is on fire and it had been in our family for years and this is our home and we got to take care of up our home," resident Donnie Riggsbee said.

Riggsbee escaped unharmed.

Fire officials are not sure what caused the fire, but they said it started in the basement. The intensity of the fire blew out windows, charred furniture, and ruined keepsakes.

When ABC11 arrived at the scene, family members were gathered outside the home in disbelief. They said they are thankful no one was injured and that they were able to spend Thanksgiving this year in their home. They hope to have repairs done in time for the upcoming holiday.

The Red Cross is helping the family with accommodations for the time being.

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