10/21/15 358 W, 3 I - + 7 - 2 UPDATED - Vehicle Fire Spreads to Attic, Destroys Two Homes in North Raleigh

October 22
Here's a very short video by Kyle Berner via WCNC, showing early heavy fire conditions:

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October 21
Or is the better headline "Smoke Detectors Save Lives in Two Homes?" More on that in a moment...

Two homes were destroyed overnight in very north Raleigh, just over the county line in Harrington Meadow. Dispatched as vehicle fire for Durham County E84 at 5309 Golden Moss Trial, off Carpenter Pond Road. Upgraded to car fire in garage, with fire in attic.

Raleigh notified and structure fire assignment dispatched with E29, E23, E18, E24, L9, L6, R1, B4, B5. Working fire added Squad 14, A2, C20, C401. (Move ups were E13 to 24 and L3 to 23.) Durham EMS units were EMS 52, M7, M2. Wake EMS units were D4 and T1. Any additional Durham County FD units? 

Dispatched by Durham County at 11:26 p.m. as vehicle fire, upgraded to structure fire at 11:27 p.m. Raleigh units dispatched at 11:29 p.m. Durham Engine 84 (from Bethesda station on Leesville Road) arrived in three (?)  minutes andfoundfound heavy fire at 5309 with extension to the residence on the left, 5305. The structures were two-story, single-family dwellings with about 1,350 square-feet each. Built 2001.

Ruptured gas line(s) impacted suppression, with a wait for gas company. Both ladders were deployed as aerial streams, along with portable monitors on the gas meter(s). Crews were on scene for nearly four hours.

Controlled at 1:13 a.m. Command terminated about 3:25 a.m. Three displaced from both homes. No injuries. Cause determined as accidental. Thanks to Lee Wilson for the real-time updates via Facebook. Media coverage includes WRAL, WNCN, and WTVD. The latter includes these quotes:

The division chief of the Raleigh Fire Department told ABC11 a woman's smoke detector went off and woke her up. She was able to get out and call for help.

"It could've been catastrophic," the chief said. "She could've slept right through it."

Maybe this story deserves a better and more educational headline. What do readers think?


WRAL photos

Bing Maps (left), Google Maps (right)

Returning from a business trip actually flew over the fire at around 11:45pm returning to RDU. While only could see for a few seconds the operation and fire looked very impressive from above.
Brian Moffett (Email) - 10/22/15 - 10:21

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