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East Raleigh fire displaces 14; no injuries reported

Posted February 7, 2013

— Fourteen people were displaced early Thursday after a fire did heavy damage to a single-story home east of downtown Raleigh, fire department officials said. 

Emergency crews responding to the home, at 312 Hill St., about 2 a.m. and found it nearly engulfed by flames. Authorities said the fire started in the basement before reaching the main floor of the home, and it took crews about 30 minutes to bring it under control. 

No injuries were reported in the blaze, and the Red Cross was on scene early Thursday to assist those displaced.

A Capital Area Transit bus was also brought to the scene to help people stay warm.

No information about the cause of the fire was immediately available.

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  • TVs_Deceit Feb 7, 2:36 p.m.

    bj, I think rental unit restrictions applies to multi-unit buildings like apartments. Single dwelling buildings like houses are probably classified differently. Think about it, some families have more than six members who live in the same rental house.

  • bjrenegar Feb 7, 2:12 p.m.

    Doesn't the City of Raleigh have an ordnance allowing only 6 people in a rental unit? Was this a private residence?

  • TVs_Deceit Feb 7, 12:04 p.m.

    Fourteen people in an abode is not out of the norm in third world countries.

    And the way Obama has always focused the public on one distractive issue after another, rather than the super weak economy and his poor handling of it, people in America better start seriously thinking about doubling up families in one house.

    When you were born, no one promised you 500 sq ft of space per person and a bathroom that's empty most of the day.

    If you're unemployed with no prospects of a good paying job any time soon, you might want to start networking among people in your same situation about combining families in one home in order to reduce your cost of living.

  • djofraleigh Feb 7, 10:48 a.m.

    It's a picture from life's other side...

  • djofraleigh Feb 7, 10:47 a.m.

    The number of people living in that small house is what is the news. Wonder how many motel rooms the Red Cross will get? The 14 will at least have more room and easier bathroom access for a bit.

  • chrisnrali Feb 7, 9:54 a.m.

    prisskat, short answer, nope.

  • wwrwheel Feb 7, 9:53 a.m.

    14 people. Hmmm . . .

  • venitapeyton Feb 7, 9:26 a.m.

    Perhaps 14 people are living in a small home because the Mayor got suckered into believing that Raleigh needs a big park more than affordable housing.

  • copperino Feb 7, 9:10 a.m.

    14 people. And the house is only 996 square feet. How is that possible?

  • aetius476 Feb 7, 9:05 a.m.

    "Fourteen people were displaced early Thursday after a fire did heavy damage to a single-story home east of downtown Raleigh, fire department officials said."

    Good grief, how many people were living in this place? A rooming house or just illegals? Are there not occupancy rules?

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