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Fire destroys Holly Springs home, kills family pets

Posted May 28, 2014
Updated May 29, 2014

— A fire Wednesday afternoon destroyed a Holly Springs home and killed the homeowner's three dogs.

Flames were seen shooting out of the roof at 6241 Hilbert Ridge Drive as heavy smoke engulfed the home.

Firefighters arrived after Shain Peterson, who lives nearby, heard what sounded like an explosion and dialed 911.

“It was pretty large,” he said. “It went up the left side of the whole garage door, and then it started to move all the way up to the roof and get on the second floor.”

The home sustained about $400,000 in damage, mostly to the garage.

“Cars, an RV and a couple of propane tanks were all involved in the garage,” said Holly Springs Fire Chief LeRoy Smith.

No one was home when the fire started, said Smith, who added that the residents are receiving help from the Red Cross.

Peterson said he was glad he had the presence of mind to quickly contact emergency operators.

“I didn't want it to like spread to the trees and stuff and start getting to other houses,” he said. “That would have been really bad.”

A number of firefighters were treated for exhaustion, but Smith said they were OK.


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  • Todd Jenkins May 29, 2014
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    My point is very proven just by comparing the insurance premiums of people within the city limits vs. people in the rural area. These actuarial numbers are based on real claims. Sorry to set the record correct.

  • southerntalent May 29, 2014

    sorry to hear about the loss of pets and home. I personally do not like homes with attached garages.People store lawnmowers ,gas etc in them and do not think that anything with a small spark from a hand drill to a gas water heater to plugging in a cord can cause an explosion from the gas vapors lying in a enclosed space,altho none of this may have happened in this particular case people please use caution with storage of items that can fuel a fire. Ask the local FD to stop by your home and ask how to prevent fires,they are glad to give advice.

  • Bbopping May 29, 2014

    To LuvLivingInCary, You show your ignorance when posting something you know nothing about. As a 25 plus year veteran of the fire service and current company officer in a local city department with HYDRANTS we have experience more damage than what you saw on TV at yesterday's fire. Cary FD has lost more with hydrants in their city. I stopped by the fire yesterday to see if they needed any help cleaning up, since the temperatures were high. To be honest, The fire depts. that fought this fire did a great job and I expected to see more damage. The fireload was heavy and the fire move quickly. Just because you have a career department with hydrants doesn't mean that major damage won't happen. Credit to all the fireifhgters onscene yesterday, great job. Cpt B

  • SpermWhalePucky May 29, 2014

    Poor dogs.

  • Janet Scott May 29, 2014
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    WRAL...3 dogs were lost, not just "the family dog". So sad. A home in Apex burned on Tuesday. A woman and her 3 adopted sons, foster care kids who she later adopted, live there. The Apex fire wasn't given much attention on this channel.

  • emaleth May 29, 2014

    I live in this neighborhood - we are out in he county and there are NO hydrants out here. They had to send in several water trucks.

  • Rod Runner May 29, 2014
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    The tax value of a home is not always the real value of the home. If a bank were to appraise the home, it would likely be worth more than the tax value that the county assessed a few years ago. Also, if you know how to use the real estate lookup, you'd see that they bought the house for $205,000 in 2004. Wake County home prices have increased a lot since 2004.

    My home in Wake County is worth more than the tax value, and it is insured for more than the tax value.

    Also, if they had a car in the garage, which is likely since it is a garage after all, and other items, those have value as well and are insured. This is most likely why the value is $400k for what is damaged. I'm not sure why you didn't logically come to that conclusion yourself.

  • farm May 29, 2014

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    I bet the engine in front of the house is connected to a hydrant. The intake hose to the passenger side of the truck is connected to something. Doubt its another truck or a pond.

  • btneast May 29, 2014

    how does a house worth 280k (tax records) have 400,000 in damage? Contents of the house maybe? Tax evaluations are only done every 4-8 years, depending on the municipality. The figure given is a rough guess uttered by someone that is just giving a ballpark figure.

  • seumfithy May 29, 2014

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    Ummmm...Several inaccuracies here. This house was served by hydrants. Things will catch on fire even with a hydrant in the front yard, it is not a prevention device. Holly Springs is a municipality. County departments = municipal departments, things burn in both locations and both pay taxes for and receive fire services. There are two factors the play the biggest role in the outcome of a fire. First, time of discovery (no one home here to immediately see it, giving it a chance to grow). Second is fire load. This was a big house with most likely lots of stuff inside equals more stuff to burn. Also the cars, RVs, and propane tanks the story mentions tend to burn as well.

    Maybe walk outside to Utopia of Cary every now and then. Oh wait...I have fought several large fire in Cary too! I guess no where is safe....