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Investigation Continues Into Rolesville House Fires

Posted August 22, 2007
Updated August 23, 2007

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— Investigators returned to the scene Wednesday of a major multi-house fire that happened at the Village at Rolesville development. The fire destroyed two homes and left others damaged.

Officials with the Rolesville Fire Department, the Wake County Fire Marshal's Office, and the State Bureau of Investigation were sorting through the rubble of Tuesday's fire on Ashbrittle Drive.

Investigators said they hoped to determine the cause of the fire by the end of Wednesday, but they said they already did not believe the fire was suspicious. Meanwhile, many residents affected by the fire are thankful to be alive.

"I ran down the stairs. As soon as I opened the door, it was intense heat," said resident Jill Dixon. "You could see flames shooting up. We just got out of the house. Neighbors were yelling, 'Get out of the house.'"

Authorities said no one was injured as the fire spread quickly, but two dogs died in one home. Several firefighters were also treated for heat exhaustion, but none were taken to the hospital.

The heat from the flames were so intense, it melted the siding on nearby houses. The fire chief said that because the homes were so close together, the blaze was hard to contain.

As a result of the fire, residents are raising questions about the proximity of the houses and how that may have played a role as to how the fire spread so quickly.

A committee made up of building inspectors and developers is being formed to discuss whether zoning laws may need to be changed.


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  • tildawn Aug 22, 2007

    Ahhh gotchya. that must have been another community. There have "only" been two in The Village at Rolesville.

  • NCJB Aug 22, 2007

    I'm not referring to the June 1st fire. There was another one before that.

  • tildawn Aug 22, 2007

    The homes that were on fire June 1st were built by Lennar...the fire started OUTside of the home - nothing electrical. The fire from yesterday evening were homes built by David Weekley and they have not yet determined what caused the fire.

  • angora Aug 22, 2007

    I'm so sorry about the poor doggies. Their owners must be devastated.

  • NCJB Aug 22, 2007

    Yhis is not the first fire in that section of the neighborhood. I believe it is electrical in nature. Probably due to a poor job done by the electrician. I believe those homes are built by St. Lawrence homes.

  • RPD Aug 22, 2007

    Instead of faulting a builder for trying to make as much money as possible (aren't we all), how about faulting the politicians who write the zoning laws so they can get more tax money and spend it UN-wisely.

  • Beachnut Aug 22, 2007

    Code for townhouses requires a 1-hour fire rating in shared walls. There is apparently no such code for single family homes as long as there's more than three feet of separation. Sounds to me like the code is inadequate.

  • packfansj3 Aug 22, 2007

    Two homes burned side by side in this same neighborhood a few months ago, too. While conforming to code, it is clear these houses are built too close to one another. Just another developer getting the most bang for his buck at homeowners' expense.

  • drnc Aug 22, 2007

    Structures are too close in proximity. Siding and roof material is flammable. No matter how careful or safety conscious you are, something is going to happen sooner or later.

  • fkhaywood Aug 22, 2007

    This is almost a repeat of what happened in North Raleigh (Buffalo Road) back in the Spring. The City, County, and possibly the State need to look closely at building codes that would allow homes built so close together as to be able to set adjacent homes on fire so quickly; the fire department has said that they were on site within 2 minutes of receiving the call. If homes are going to be built that close together, then, they need to be built of materials that will not burn so easily, such as brick or stone. Vinyl siding will melt and burn extremely easily. Everyone in that neighborhood should put their house up for sale immediately, or better yet, force the town to buy the houses since they allowed the homes to be built so close together using extremely flammable materials.