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Crews battle fire at abandoned Raleigh house

Posted June 27, 2014

— Fire crews and Raleigh police responded early Friday to a fire at an abandoned house near the intersection of Old Wake Forest Road and North Market Drive. 

It wasn't clear what caused the blaze, which was reported at about 6:30 a.m.

Fire crews had to access the home after crossing a ditch that was behind a shopping center, Raleigh Fire Department Division Chief Ronny Mizell said. About 70 percent of the home was destroyed.

"The house looked like it had been built on to multiple times, so there were a lot of hidden voids and tough spots to get to," he said. "The fire was difficult."

No injuries have been reported, but Mizell said a man was sitting on the front porch of the home when they arrived on scene.

"It appears, the way it looks, the surroundings, that there were some people probably occupying the house," Mizell said. "Any time we have an abandoned home like this and homeless that are going to occupy the structure, you never really know what you might run into."

No other information about the fire has been released.


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  • Wake1 Jun 27, 2014

    Most times when homeless folks take over, it's only a matter of time!

  • elkerster Jun 27, 2014

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    If the owner of the property was not there and has not been there or maintained the property in any way than yes legally it's an abandoned house.

  • Heather Brittingham Jun 27, 2014
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    I'm not sure why the moderators almost never post my comments. There was absolutely NOTHING offensive in my comment that they didn't bother to post. All I said was that there were a lot of homeless people in that area and that I didn't realize there was a house back behind Nowells. How is that offensive or against the rules here? Do you all just see my name and block all of my comments?

  • sunshine1040 Jun 27, 2014

    If somebody is living there or squatting there then the house is not abandoned.