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Body found in rubble of Raleigh house fire

Posted September 15, 2009
Updated September 16, 2009

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— Raleigh firefighters recovered a body Tuesday evening in the rubble of a burned house at 1005 E. Millbrook Road.

Crews search for homeowner after fire Gas explosion sparked fatal fire

The fire started at about 3 p.m. after a gas explosion, Assistant Fire Chief Rusty Styons said.

"I thought it was possibly an accident at the intersection,” witness Tom Cooper said of hearing a loud boom.

Cooper, who lives nearby, said he ran over to the house to see if he could help.  That is when he heard a woman screaming.

"She couldn't speak English, so I wasn't sure whether there was a fire in the place or whether there was someone inside,” Cooper said.

"We had a report from a neighbor that there was possibly someone trapped inside,” Styons said.

The mother and two children who lived in the home were safely located.

"The father has not been accounted for,” Styons said.

Styons said investigators have not yet identified the person found dead under a brick wall.

Ramiro Ruiz said he knows the family who lived in the home.

"I am very, very sad. I could not believe it,” Ruiz said.

The cause of the gas explosion was under investigation late Tuesday.

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  • Thought Criminal WS Sep 16, 2009

    As a "rescue fan" you should understand the importance of communication during times of emergency. It is not ignorant to desire members of our society to be able to communicate, nor cite this as a reason why. In fact, situations like this ARE the examples why, that don't bear animosity or racism / hatred.

    I wrote "anything else is..." and did not write hispanic, and I intentionally avoided stereotyping. You wrote "Yes I do know what they meant" then proceeded to take the jump into IGNORANCE.

    You are mistaken.

  • rescuefan Sep 16, 2009

    Oh, and I am not sure how I would be the one who would be instigating a golo fight (whatever that is). I didn't make the original comment regarding people needing to learn English.

  • rescuefan Sep 16, 2009

    "you know what they meant. what an ignorant comment to think the person belives the explosion would not have happned if everyone could have spoken english. this is just instigating a golo fight.
    ambergail1"

    Yes, I do know what they meant. If the woman weren't hispanic (which of course was not mentioned in the story), then the man might have lived. But there was nothing in the story that indicated anything of that nature. But thanks for sharing your opinion. Apparently, you need to look up the meaning of ignorant.

  • FromClayton Sep 16, 2009

    "That's reason number 1,245,623 why everyone should speak the same language. rossfranco"

    What's that got to do with it? The explosion wouldn't have happened if the woman who was hysterical could have spoken English? What an ignorant comment.
    rescuefan

    you know what they meant. what an ignorant comment to think the person belives the explosion would not have happned if everyone could have spoken english. this is just instigating a golo fight.

  • lornadoone Sep 16, 2009

    How tragic :( my thoughts & prayers are with this family.

  • rescuefan Sep 16, 2009

    "They didn't know if people were still in the house because the person was unable to communicate in the english language. Pertinent information may have been relayed that could have changed this story from a deceased "body" to a living person.
    kilquian"
    Considering the man was outside when he was killed, I would guess it wasn't pertinent. It could also be that the woman could speak English, but when she got hysterical, she slipped back into her native language. We could suppose all kinds of things, but to blame this whole thing on the woman's inability to speak English is very low class. There was an explosion, the man's body was apparently found under a brick wall. Speaking English had nothing to do with this tragic accident.

  • pallen Sep 16, 2009

    All is my thoughts and prayers.

  • Thought Criminal WS Sep 16, 2009

    Reason #1,245,623 of why people in our country should speak the english language:

    They didn't know if people were still in the house because the person was unable to communicate in the english language. Pertinent information may have been relayed that could have changed this story from a deceased "body" to a living person.

    Last I checked, English is the language taught here, and anything else is a "foreign language" by definition and educational classification. If you feel this is "ignornant" think of the possiblity that someone could be here alive today if communication was established.

    Regardless of this, it's a tragedy. People I've spoken to knew the family and have said they had done a major amount of work to the home in remodeling and feel this might be connected to the blast. Sad either way, I think the body will turn out to be the father.

  • rescuefan Sep 16, 2009

    "That's reason number 1,245,623 why everyone should speak the same language.
    rossfranco"

    What's that got to do with it? The explosion wouldn't have happened if the woman who was hysterical could have spoken English? What an ignorant comment.

  • seankelly15 Sep 16, 2009

    rossfranco - "That's reason number 1,245,623 why everyone should speak the same language." Do you mean in the whole world?

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