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Abandoned house burns in north Raleigh

Posted March 7, 2013

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— Authorities are investigating the cause of a fire that burned an abandoned home early Thursday in north Raleigh.

The two-story home off Leesville Road has been abandoned for about four years, and firefighters were concerned that flames would feed on overgrown brush and spread to surrounding woods and homes.

The blaze broke out about 2 a.m. and crews quickly shut down a portion of Leesville Road so they could use ladder trucks to spray water over trees.

“It was pretty much all woods, and there was some concern that a woods fire would get started from it, so they were working really hard to try to quickly extinguish it,” Raleigh Fire Department Division Chief Ronny Mizell said.

No injuries were reported.
 

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  • Terkel Mar 7, 2013

    Didn't another house in Raleigh burn last week? It was on the page for like four days, and I wondered why it was such a big deal (no report of injuries). Arsonist?

  • JAT Mar 7, 2013

    it was a shame they just abandoned that house. i was told they tried to say it was a historical property and basically asked too much money and waited too long to get any buyers. i'm sure the neighbors are glad it's gone.

  • onefortheages99 Mar 7, 2013

    By the looks of the photos, I'll bet it was that log cabin style house that was just off the new re-aligned section of Leesville. I thought I heard a retired professor lived there and was upset about how close the road was to his place. The trees grew so fast you can barely see the place now, but the windows have all been broken our for a long time.

    I'm no firefighter, but I don't think abandoned places like that just catch on fire on their own very often.

  • Nope Mar 7, 2013

    I know that place. I drive by it a lot.I always wondered why it was abandoned.

  • bluedogs1 Mar 7, 2013

    @ gravypig, it was at the intersection of Strickland and Leesville Rds

  • GravyPig Mar 7, 2013

    Wow, that is a news brief. So brief they can't even tell you where on Leesville it was. Exellent reporting guys!!