Fire Damages Chapel Hill House
Posted August 28, 2007 8:37 a.m. EDT
Updated August 29, 2007 1:01 a.m. EDT
Chapel Hill, N.C. — A fire heavily damaged a home in Chapel Hill early Tuesday morning, officials said.
The Chapel Hill Fire Department responded to calls about a fire at a home on Davie Lane shortly before 5 a.m. When they arrived, crews said a major portion of the house was already involved in flames.
Everyone who lived in the home managed to escape safely out the back, officials said.
Extra assistance was called in from the Carrboro, Durham, North Chatham and New Hope fire departments, bringing a total of 59 personnel to the scene.
Crews said heavy fire conditions prevented them from going inside the house and only allowed them to perform exterior, defensive action. Firefighters said they also had trouble accessing the home, because the closest hydrant was about 800 feet away.
The fire was brought under control by around 6:30 a.m.
One firefighter was treated at a local hospital for a non-life-threatening injury.
The house sustained damage estimated at $400,000, authorities said. The Chapel Hill Fire Department is investigating to determine the cause of the fire.