RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – Neighbors on Sanderson Drive woke up to the sound of a fire alarm going off and fire trucks outside their home.
Reports of heavy smoke coming from the gable vents on the house came in around 9 a.m. Friday.
Sanderson Drive is located between Glenwood Avenue’s intersections with Oberlin and Anderson drives.
There is “significant damage” to the home, and the family is currently displaced.
“It had a pretty good amount of fire on the structure,” said Raleigh Asst. Fire Chief of Operation, Kendall Hocutt.
Crews did run into some problems attacking the fire.
“A lot of homes that are broken up into different areas, maybe with add-ons over the years, it always sometimes could cause us issues to find and locate the fire especially in the attic area,” explained Hocutt.
But eventually, they were able to get the fire knocked down. It took 14 units and 55 firefighters to get those flames under control.
Many of those firefighters were working so hard they needed to take a break.
One fireman had to be evaluated by EMS for heat exhaustion.
“It’s normal for us. After they go through so many air bottles, EMS comes in rehab and check their blood pressure, check their pulse, make sure that they are OK and not dehydrated,” said Hocutt.
Officials confirmed the homeowners were home at the start of the fire, but that no one was injured.
The situation has been too dangerous to send investigators in to find out what may have started the fire or where it originated in the home, officials said.
Neighbors told CBS 17 the homeowners believe the water heater has something to do with it because water poured into the second floor before the fire started.
Due to the fire, after school pickups are affected at Daniels Magnet Middle School. All drivers and walkers are now being directed to the front of the school on Oberlin Road.
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