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Explosions reported in Raleigh house fire

Posted April 18, 2013

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— Firefighters quickly contained a house fire in southwest Raleigh Thursday morning, despite reports of several explosions in the blaze.

Neighbors reported the fire at 5347 Barclay Drive, off Buck Jones Road, shortly before 11 a.m. after seeing smoke and flames in the back of the house.

"I just heard a big boom and saw clouds and clouds of smoke and paramedics everywhere," neighbor Tamara Vines said. "I went into the back of a (nearby) house, and there were flames as tall as the house."

Spirit, dog killed in Raleigh house fire Family mourns dog's death in house fire

No one was in the house at the time, but a dog died in the fire, authorities said.

Firefighters had to restrain resident Matt Savage and one of his sons to prevent them from running inside to try to rescue the dog, a 10-year-old terrier mix named Spirit. Firefighters said they recovered the animal from underneath a bed in the home.

"I wanted to go in there and get Spirit, but they wouldn't let me," Savage said. "I bet you she was just scared to death."

"She's irreplaceable," said his wife, Brenda Savage.

The Savage family had rented the house from Brenda Savage's father for two years.

Investigators haven't determined the cause of the fire. Several propane tanks were on the property, but it was unclear if the explosions were linked to them.

"Anytime you have explosions, it just raises your level of awareness. I mean, we have to be careful into everything that we go into," said Ronny Mizzell, a division chief with the Raleigh Fire Department.

Mizzell said various furniture refinishing chemicals were inside the house, which also made the fire more difficult to handle.

Police blocked off Buck Jones Road between Jones Franklin and Bashford roads for more than two hours.

The Savage family is staying with friends, saying the house is a total loss.

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  • LordHelpUsAll Apr 24, 2013

    Glad no people were hurt, but completely understand the sadness of losing your pet. They are family too. Condolences for your losses in this tragedy.

  • cdeolloqui1 Apr 19, 2013

    @Henry Pea - where does the authority for that come from in the law - do you happen to know?

  • naturegirlnc Apr 19, 2013

    Poor dog. I feel for the family.

  • Henry Pea Apr 18, 2013

    @Chrisnrali - The firefighters have the right to restrain the occupant from re-entering as the scene becomes the property of the fire dept. until they relinquish it back to the homeowner.

  • dsalter Apr 18, 2013

    My sympathies are with them. Losing your home is one thing....losing a loved one is another. Animal lovers know how close we can get to our pets. It's got to be tough on that family in many ways.

  • think01 Apr 18, 2013

    Ugh, how terrible to come home to that. I like the doggie doors idea, and I may look into that myself, but I share your fear that the dog might panic and not escape.

  • passport423 Apr 18, 2013

    @think who said "Although, I don't think there's much chance I would have left the house without the dog in the first place."

    Note that the owners weren't home. So it's not like they ran out to escape the fire and purposely left Spirit inside. I leave my dogs in the house all the time and do worry that this could happen. We have doggie doors but I worry they might get scared and hide and not get out.....

  • mabachew Apr 18, 2013

    "I hope if I'm ever in that situation someone isn't crazy enough to try to stop me from entering my house to get my dogs."

    Completely agree. Although, I don't think there's much chance I would have left the house without the dog in the first place. - think01

    I'm with you there, however since this was just before lunch time, I bet you they were at work.

  • think01 Apr 18, 2013

    "I hope if I'm ever in that situation someone isn't crazy enough to try to stop me from entering my house to get my dogs."

    Completely agree. Although, I don't think there's much chance I would have left the house without the dog in the first place.

  • batcave Apr 18, 2013

    nothing story by adding explosion and chemicals. kermit60
    The explosion wasn't added, the story was about a house blowing up hence the explosion, the fact that all houses have chemicals has nothing to do with anything.

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