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Raleigh townhome fire caused by faulty wiring

Posted June 15, 2010

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— Fire officials said Tuesday that faulty wiring caused a fire at a Raleigh townhouse building.

Twenty-four people were left without a place to stay after fire burned their townhouse building at 2605 New Hope Church Road in Raleigh on Monday evening, dispatch officials said.

Investigators said the fire was caused by faulty wiring in the wall in the unit where Irma Pena lived with her two children and grandchild.

The fire began just after 9 p.m. and spread through six units.

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Aisha Clark said she opened up the back door of her townhouse and saw flames approaching. “I just grabbed the kids, grabbed everyone, and ran out of the house,” she said.

Clark said the people in Pena's home scrambled to warn their neighbors about the blaze.

“They were knocking on doors letting everyone know to get away, get away because it’s on fire,” she said.

Seventy firefighters extinguished the blaze which destroyed two units. Two other units sustained fire damage and two suffered smoke damage.

No residents were injured, but one firefighter was treated at a nearby hospital for heat exhaustion, fire officials said.

The Red Cross was helping the displaced families find temporary housing.

Malika Gooden lived in one of the townhouses with her sons, aged 2 and 8. They escaped safely, but lost their belongings.

“Everything is just gone,” Gooden said.

In the fire, Pena lost medical information for her 25-year-old son, who suffers from kidney failure.

"She's kind of devastated right now because important papers to try to help her son get a kidney transplant burned down," family member Isidro Trejo said.

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  • alwayslovingu30 Jun 16, 2010

    I feel for the families that lost all their belonging in A fire.
    Our house burned in 1989 the red cross was no where to be found.My uncles house burned down 10 years later the red ross was there.Its funny how they ask for your help but they wont help you the red cross is funny that way

  • iworkandpaytaxes Jun 16, 2010

    They are townhouse style apartments. Either term is correct. rescuefan

    No..townhomes are single-living units placed side by side. Apartments are living units placed side-by-side and atop one another. Condos are just apartments where one owns the air.
    colliedave

    Thats funny...I live in a 3 story "condo" (says my HUD-1). The 3 story units are side by side. I always called it a townhouse but it is officially a CONDO!!!!

  • rescuefan Jun 16, 2010

    When you have a two story unit, it is correct to refer to the unit as a townhome or townhouse.

  • colliedave Jun 15, 2010

    They are townhouse style apartments. Either term is correct.
    rescuefan

    No..townhomes are single-living units placed side by side. Apartments are living units placed side-by-side and atop one another. Condos are just apartments where one owns the air.

  • larky74406 Jun 15, 2010

    How did they figure that out so quickly? What did they see?

  • bmg379 Jun 15, 2010

    those apts are pretty old and I am sure they have never been rewired or the outlets were overloaded.Take a ride ther stoneybrrok mobile home park ,do you think any of those 1960s and 70s model trailers might have faulty wiring or improper circuits ?

  • rescuefan Jun 15, 2010

    They are townhouse style apartments. Either term is correct.

  • See Chart Jun 15, 2010

    Inspectors for the county should have signed
    off on this wiring project,what happened?

  • Crankyone Jun 15, 2010

    "fkozlof" Interesting take, you may be surprised to learn that many TH's built in the 70's had brick firewalls between the units. Now they do not. I own rental properties, and I will never purchase one that does not have a firewall.

  • I know some stuff Jun 15, 2010

    once again, an example of the FAILURE of our building codes 'down here'. It's NEVER just one unit, it's always ALL units are damaged and not livable. Come on Raleigh codes & Inspectors. Get with the times.

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