RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) — Two people are dead following a house fire on Tuesday morning in south Raleigh, fire officials told CBS 17.
The fire ripped through the single-family home in the 1300-block of Seabrook Road around 2 a.m.
Officials at the scene said fire crews had to pull people out of the home and two of the people inside died and three others were able to make it out and are OK.
Hampton Bunch, 75, and Anna Broadie, 46, died in the fire, family members told CBS 17.
Broadie died inside the home and Bunch died at the hospital.
According to a report from the Raleigh Fire Department, 35 firefighters responded and the fire was extinguished in about 25 minutes. Approximately 75 percent of the home was damaged in the fire, the report showed.
The cousin and great-grandson of the victims said he was in disbelief.
“There’s so many memories in this home. Thanksgiving, Christmas – we’re just totally devastated right now,” he said.
Neighbors woke up to the sounds of sirens and saw the flashing lights of multiple emergency responders.
One neighbor said the community in their neighborhood won’t be the same and they were at a loss for words.
“What happened is tragic,” said neighbor Jamie Brailsford. “I’m praying for the family.”
The family is now leaning on each other and a higher power to see them through the devastating fire.
The family said they are now focused on planning two funerals.
An investigation into the cause of the fire is underway, officials said.