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Three families displaced in Cary fire

Posted November 28, 2013

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— Seven people were displaced after a fire late Wednesday caused heavy damage to a triplex in Cary.

The fire broke out about 10:30 p.m. at the home on South Atley Drive. Twenty-seven firefighters were called to extinguish the blaze, which burned through most of the roof.

The building's owner says the blaze started in the fireplace inside one of the three apartments.

“It had a good headstart on firefighters when we got here,” said Loren Cone, battalion chief with Cary Fire Department. “It’s bad. A time like this, on Thanksgiving Eve, this is pretty devastating.”

All the occupants escaped and no injuries were reported. A dog and two cats were saved from the units, but two other cats were missing.

Ryan Whitcomb was getting ready for bed when he heard the rush of flames.

"I was more shocked than anything – just ready to get out," he said. "You don't think about anything."

Whitcomb said he will stay with family.

“You take what life gives you,” he said. “That is the way I have done it. That is the way I will continue to do it.”

Investigators say all three units were damaged in the blaze. They're still investigating the cause.


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