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Flames Destroy Raleigh House That Was Under Construction

Posted August 1, 2007
Updated August 2, 2007

— Flames destroyed a house under construction in Raleigh.

Officials said the fire broke out shortly before 4 a.m. Wednesday at 1419 Nottingham Road.

There is no word on what sparked the fire, but investigators said there was no electricity going into the house.

Officials said the house was under contract for nearly $900,000.

Police said they are investigating all possibilities, including arson, but they have not yet ruled the fire as suspicious.


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  • dougdeep Aug 1, 2007

    I wouldn't call it a poor neighborhood. Price per sqft is upwards to $250, that's expensive! There are a few investment duplexes still remaining inside the beltline and they do create pockets of low rent areas. In West Raleigh, ITB, you can fine one bedroom duplexes alternating with $1-1.5 million dollar homes.

  • bigbr0ther Aug 1, 2007

    Hey myidea...just a little FYI for you, fire hydrants are located every 200 feet not 500. And if a fire has been burning for a long period of time, like this one, and the on in the county the other day, there is usually no saving it. Now if they would of got called out to it when it started, and arrived 4-5 minutes afterwards, which is the usual arrival time for fire departments now, they more then likely would of be able to save it with a single attack line and not have to stretch out multiple lines and have to call in all the resources. This particular fire was a two-alarm, which calls in for a total on 6 engines, two ladders, two rescues and various other equipment.

    But when they get a delayed response due to late calls or what not then they will generally do a defensive attack and not interior for the safety of the fire fighters. But then again if they did do an interior attack and one of them got hurt or killed, you would probably bash the fire department anyway.

  • mweeks11 Aug 1, 2007

    Preservation Homes IS the general contractor AND they own the lot. Nottingham is not a "poor" neighborhood by any stretch of the imagination, instead it is a neighborhood in need of updating...something Preservation Homes has taken to heart and it is unfortunate that this fire brought down a beautiful house.

  • BE Aug 1, 2007

    I wonder if WRAL considers this fire in the same terms as a fire in the county a few days ago when they talked about "inadequate fire protection"? Sad that any structure burns, but it happens in the county and in the cities in Wake County. Depending on the stage of the fire when the fire department arrives, some times there is little the fire department can do except protect the adjourning buildings.

  • ENC-43 Aug 1, 2007

    computer trainer-i'd love to know where you live since you consider this a "poor" neighborhood.

  • computer trainer Aug 1, 2007

    dougdeep, that is pretty scary that you slept through this. Glad you are ok. Maybe you can answer the question as to who the builder is on this home.

  • dougdeep Aug 1, 2007

    I live right next door, how did I sleep through this?

  • Gork Aug 1, 2007

    Yeah, they (Preservation Homes) owned the lot, but wonder who the General Contractor is that was building the structure?

  • computer trainer Aug 1, 2007

    PRESERVATION HOMES LLC is the builder.


    It appears that this use to be a fairly poor neighborhood, and a lot of the older homes have been torn down to build new homes.

  • Gork Aug 1, 2007

    Does anyone know - was it really a Centex construction site or was it a local builder?