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Firefighters battle major blaze at home near Cary

Posted January 12, 2014
Updated January 13, 2014

Firefighters battle a fire at 5445 Denberg Lane near Cary on Sunday evening, Jan. 12, 2014. (Submitted by Thomas Babb)

— Firefighters battled a major blaze that destroyed a three-story home near Cary Sunday night.

The fire broke out at about 9 p.m. at 5445 Denberg Lane near Belgium Drive.

Authorities said a lack of water supply caused complications with putting out the fire and that firefighters had to bring in water tankers to help extinguish it. The home was outside of the Cary city limits, and the street is not lined with fire hydrants.

It's unclear what caused the fire. Officials said it was initially reported as an outside fire and that it wasn't until crews arrived at the scene that they realized it was a house fire.

No one was home at the time, and there were no reports of injuries. Investigators were at the home early Monday trying to determine a cause of the blaze. 


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  • MindBomb Jan 20, 2014

    Is there any word yet on what caused the fire?

  • LuvLivingInCary Jan 13, 2014

    To Prior poster who makes this out as simple house fire and everything is replaceable is out of touch with reality. I suggest that you go volunteer for the families and get to see their life as they now know it. For all we know they may have lost pets in this fire.

  • mafiamic Jan 13, 2014

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    That is what insurance is for.They will do just fine,the only thing not replaceable is their photos and sentimental things.The red cross or whoever is helping right now can put them up in a hotel until they rebuild or family can give them a place to stay.
    Material things including money is replaceable it's lives that are not and good thing everyone is ok and no one was hurt.

  • LuvLivingInCary Jan 13, 2014

    Just another reason to pay city taxes. Reminds me of that 2 million dollar home in Lochmere that went up a few years ago. No hydrants there either and it was a total loss. Oh well, love to see their next insurance premium after they rebuild.

  • simplelogic Jan 13, 2014

    According to real estate websites, this house (property) had an estimated value of ~$800K. I hope they had good insurance and can rebuild. Looks like a very nice setting.

  • NoRespect Jan 13, 2014

    Looks like they were able to save the basement...

  • ashewing Jan 13, 2014

    So sad for the family. This is a total loss. WRAL please keep us updated on this family and if there is anything the community can do to help.

  • mafiamic Jan 13, 2014

    Cary homes all look the same,like they are cookie cutter homes?.
    Glad no one was hurt .

  • DeathRow-IFeelYourPain-NOT Jan 13, 2014

    WENFROMWAKE, for a fire that size, 20,000 gallons of pool water wouldn't last very long. This is a good example of a reason to live in an incorporated area. You receive city services, which includes fire hydrants.

  • wenfromwake Jan 13, 2014

    According to the map it looks like this house has a swimming pool. I wonder if the firemen had any way to pump water out of the pool to put on the fire.