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Two adults, three children escape Raleigh house fire

Posted July 5, 2011

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— A Raleigh neighborhood still trying to rebuild after April's destructive tornadoes suffered another setback Tuesday morning as flames tore through a family's house.

Two adults and three children were able to escape the burning house in the 3500 block of Weir Way. Investigators said the family heard a boom or popping noise and then saw heavy smoke and flames.

Fire crews said they don't think the fire is suspicious. However, an exact cause has not been determined.

The roof was engulfed in flames at one point, causing it and the second floor to collapse onto the first floor.

Firefighters were back on the scene of the fire Tuesday night after neighbors noticed the blaze had rekindled. 

The house is off Serendipity Drive, which was one of the hardest hit areas during the April 16 tornadoes. The Red Cross is assisting the family.

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  • shortcake53 Jul 5, 2011

    What a set-back. I would feel so defeated if I were those people. Best of luck to them in getting back on their feet again, I am so sorry for their circumstances. Thank God they are safe.

  • IAMAmerican Jul 5, 2011

    Lightning maybe?

  • Wendellcatlover Jul 5, 2011

    Praise God everyone got out safely!

  • LOC Jul 5, 2011

    Sad.. praying for all the victims!

  • computer trainer Jul 5, 2011

    How sad to survive the tornado and then have this happen. Hope that they had insurance and are able to at least get a few things out of the home.