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Cary homeowners plan for life after fire

Posted June 16, 2013
Updated June 17, 2013

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— Three families were displaced after a fire tore through four units, one of which was vacant, at Twin Oaks Villas Townhomes in Cary late Sunday.

Homeowner David Collins joined those searching Monday for a clue as to what caused the fire.

"I think it got into the attic and spread through the attic," Collins said. 

He said his home showed extended damage from both smoke and water. 

"I felt a loss, a sense of loss," Collins said. "I love that house."

He was hoping to get good news from his insurance company as he plans his next move.

"I hope to salvage as much as I can out of it and stay right here in this area," Collins said.

A firefighter was taken to a local hospital with breathing problems, but was expected to be OK. No one else was injured in the fire, which erupted in one of the units shortly after 10 p.m. at 215 Twin Oaks Place.

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  • borofsks Jun 20, 2013

    If you would like to help the family
    http://www.gofundme.com/3ajpu0

  • whatelseisnew Jun 17, 2013

    If I had a total fire loss, I would take the money and get out of North Carolina as quickly as possible.

  • LastSon1981 Jun 17, 2013

    Renter's insurance is the best money spent considering the alternative this poor person who lost their belongs and will spend alot of money and time to recover.

    mistervegas

    and its not that expensive I think mine is like $40 a year

  • mistervegas Jun 17, 2013

    Renter's insurance is the best money spent considering the alternative this poor person who lost their belongs and will spend alot of money and time to recover.

  • EnoughWhiningAlready Jun 17, 2013

    A shame the 1 didn't have renters insurance. It's so inexpensive for a year of coverage. Good that no one was seriously injured, though!

  • I know some stuff Jun 17, 2013

    Re NC building codes, my observation is that NC is behind.
    I moved from 'up north', and I lived in a townhouse build in 1977.
    It had concrete block barrier walls between each unit, from foundation, up all the way thru the roof. That was pretty effective at containing the fire to ONE unit.
    I've also seen this fire barrier construction down in FL. more than 15 years ago. I don't see it here even in 2013.....I've been watching a new build just 1 mile from my house.

  • bawest Jun 17, 2013

    You are correct seumfithy. I live in this subdivision, and these townhomes (not apartments) were built in 1980.

  • seumfithy Jun 17, 2013

    And...this building did not have sprinklers but it was relatively old. You should know that even the new codes would not require sprinklers in this building or many others, but they are a very common feature in nearly all new construction. The requirement has been driven by the "evil" insurance companies. And yes, money was the motivating factor. They determined they could save huge amounts of money by requiring sprinklers and saving themselves large claims from fire damage. In turn many give their client large reductions in the premiums that will offset the initial cost of the system over time. A move that has saved structures as well as lives.

  • seumfithy Jun 17, 2013

    @ fredk

    It was four because it a a multi-family dwelling. There were fire walls that slowed the progress, like they are supposed to do. Notice the occupants got out safely. Building Codes are intended to save lives, not structures. They regulate design in order to give people time to egress. NORTH CARLOINA'S BUILDING CODE IS THE SAME ONE USED IN THE ENTIRE COUNTRY. APARTMENTS IN NC ARE BUILT THE SAME AS EVERYWHERE ELSE IN THE COUNTRY. AND, it is the contents of a building, not the structure that contributes to most of the fire load. Does not matter what it is built out of. Even with good buildings codes and firefighter's, you can not regulate all danger from existence.

  • I know some stuff Jun 17, 2013

    It's never just one unit, this time it was four.
    Why do we still keep building these inferior wood structures with inadequate fire barriers?
    Wake up North Carolina ....directed at those responsible for the Building Codes.
    Oh, the developers control that,to keep their costs low, and make for risky living by the tenants.

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