KNIGHTDALE, N.C. (WNCN) – Five adults and one baby were displaced after a car fire set a house on fire in Knightdale Wednesday morning, Knightdale Fire Chief Tim Guffey said.
Firefighters responded to the house in the 1000 block of Winning Colors Drive just after 12:30 a.m. Wednesday.
Guffey said that the fire started in the engine compartment of a Dodge Caravan in the garage and then spread to a Kia parked next to it and then spread to the front of the garage before it moved to the attic above the garage.
Homeowner Eddie Anderson said he and his family were headed to bed when his son noticed the flames outside their home. Their new Caravan had caught fire and the fire quickly spread to their other car and then the garage.
Anderson said he got his other five family members, including his 70-year-old uncle and a 1-year-old baby, safely out through the backdoor.
Two injuries were reported – his wife suffered smoke inhalation and his son received a laceration on his hand from punching out a window. The man will need further treatment for his injury.
Anderson said he was surprised the fire started with the van, which had been sitting in the driveway for several hours and didn’t appear to be having any issues.
“The chief said it started in the engine of the minivan I just bought two months ago. I never had any mechanical problem with it. I just had new tires put on their Saturday,” he said.
Both vehicles in the garage were destroyed and the house suffered $30,000 in damage, most of it to the garage, according to Guffey.
“It’s heartbreaking. We didn’t know if they were going to be able to save the house or not, because the cars started exploding and stuff, so we just didn’t know what we were going to do,” Anderson said.
The Red Cross was called in to assist the family.
The arson investigator was called in to look into the fire. This is standard protocol for fires like this and is done so investigators can get a second opinion about the origin of the fire.
Officials are not calling the fire suspicious.