Car crashes into Garner home, ignites fire
Posted March 10, 2013
Garner, N.C. — Police are looking for the driver of a car that crashed into a Garner home early Sunday and started a fire.
Garner fire officials said the car struck the side of a house at 1311 Elkhorn Road shortly after 4 a.m. and hit a natural gas line, causing the blaze.
The homeowner said he was sleeping when a loud, powerful crash shook his house. He and his two dogs were able to escape without injury.
Neighbor Shawn Penny said he and his wife stepped outside after they heard several explosions.
"I am amazed no one was hurt," Penny said. "That was a pretty big fire and it happened so fast. With the gas rupture, it consumed (the house) immediately. It all happened within just a few minutes."
Authorities said the house is a total loss.
The owner of the 2010 Chevy involved in the crash was at home asleep when the car hit the house, police said. Investigators have not released any information about possible suspects.