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Crews fight large house fire near Cary

Posted October 30, 2008

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— Crews battled a large house fire on Earnest Jones Road in Cary near the Wake-Chatham county line Thursday morning.

There were no reported injuries.

Crews had trouble getting to the fire, because it was surrounded by woods. Cary Fire Department Battalion Chief Barry Jones said there was not a good access road to the house, and a path to it was worn out.

Firefighters has to snake hoses through the woods for about a half-mile. Thirty firefighters from five fire departments were called to the scene.

Neighbor Vincent Shea reported the fire shortly before 7 a.m., and he said the house was already engulfed in flames.

Shea said the house has been vacant for about two years.

Glen Futrell, a Cary developer who owns the house, said teens have trespassed on nearby properties and set bonfires.

Jones said the cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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  • pomatoegirl Nov 3, 2008

    i knew the previous owners of this house well, they built the house and moved out a little less than two years ago. I'm sure its hard to watch the house burn down, and remembering the Christmas parties, and holidays, and fun times with the family while looking at the crumbling frame of the house. i just cant believe it's gone.

  • ChrisinGarner Oct 31, 2008

    "Chatham County fire units were initially dispatched, but the string between the tin cans of their communications system was later found to be broken."

  • JKA07 Oct 30, 2008

    Even if the path was not "worn out" most of the time people dont think about making their long driveways accessible for large fire trucks or ambulances. Seen it several times and have deployed many drive-way lines!!!

  • TheAdmiral Oct 30, 2008

    "Firefighters has to snake hoses through the woods for about a half-mile. Thirty firefighters from five fire departments were called to the scene."

    I don't want that ugly fire hydrant in my back yard or my front yard - it is just plain ugly.

    See example above of why NIMBA is outdated.

  • Adelinthe Oct 30, 2008

    Thanking God no one was injured.

    God bless.

    Rev. RB

  • WRALSPORTSFANSUXS Oct 30, 2008

    quit_whining Thanks for proving the statement "A sucker is born every minute"

  • RainierBeer Oct 30, 2008

    I live off of Green Level. I hear the sirens on many occasions, and i always hope that they are false alarms. Sorry this wasn't one of those

  • quit_whining Oct 30, 2008

    Something to learn from this...

    Downturn in an economy...increased home foreclosures...increased opportunities for arson = job security for firefighters!

    Fire Fighters for McCain!!

    Always have to look on the positive side of things!

  • haggis basher Oct 30, 2008

    "monkey boy: A path can wear out by becoming eroded or overgrown."
    Incorrect use of the word "wear". Wearing out something implies use when its the lack of use that close a path as described. Paths don't "wear out" unless its erosion that makes it unpassable.

  • The Oracle Oct 30, 2008

    monkey boy: A path can wear out by becoming eroded or overgrown.

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