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Neighbor helps family escape Raleigh house fire

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A family escaped from a heavy house fire in Raleigh on Wednesday evening.

An alert neighbor warned a Raleigh family about a house fire Wednesday night, helping ensure all the family members got out safely.

It happened at a two-story home on Avensburg Court off Wakefield Plantation Drive in north Raleigh.

Keith Lipscomb, the homeowner, said he after his wife and two children were finishing up dinner when there was an unexpected knock and a doorbell.

A neighbor, Matthew Irish was at the door telling them to get out of the house.

House fire in north Raleigh on Wednesday.

"I look over and there's a bunch of flames shooting up the front of the house," Irish said. "So I ran over and rang the doorbell and nobody answered the door so I started knocking on the door and kicking it and stuff, and he answers the door and he's like, 'what's going on?' and I said 'gotta get out, your house is on fire."

Lipscomb said he's thankful, because it could have been worse.

"The material stuff can be replaced," Lipscomb said. "As long as my wife and kids were out. But the house, it's just a house."

The home sustained heavy damage to the second floor and the roof.

"I can't get the kids back; you can get another home," Lipscomb said.

Raleigh firefighters are still working to determine the cause of the fire.

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