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Bride-to-be loses townhouse in Cary fire

Posted October 25, 2013
Updated October 26, 2013

— Fire ripped through three Cary townhouses Friday night, leaving two families without a place to stay.

Authorities said the fire started in the chimney at 214 Kristin Court, home of Anthony and Sheila Tarras. 

"It went up in a real hurry. We were lucky to get out the front door," said Tony Tarras. "We had a fire going in the fire place and apparently it must have broke a seam or something and leaked through and caught the wood frame on the outside."

The Tarras' said they'd rely on insurance and stay with their daughter in Morrisville.

Mandy Miller and Andrew Finneran Fire displaces Cary residents

It spread to the adjoining townhomes – 212, which was vacant, and 216 Kristin Court, where Mandy Miller had six guests in town for her wedding, scheduled for Saturday at 4 p.m. in Wake Forest.

"She wants to go through with the wedding because her family is in town and she didn't want to miss the opportunity," said Andrew Curd, a friend of Miller's. 

Miller was able to salvage her dress, but her mother's dog, Chance, ran off in the confusion of the fire. Chance is a black terrier mix weighing about 10 pounds in a red harness. Anyone who finds Chance can call the family at 919-285-1616 or Cary Animal Control at 919-469-4012. 

Miller had recently sold her place but the sale had yet to close.

After her wedding to Andrew Finneran, Miller plans to live with him at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, where he is in the Army.

There was no word on what caused the fire and no people were injured.




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