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Heat stresses firefighters at Raleigh house

Heat hindered efforts by firefighters battling a blaze at north Raleigh home late Thursday afternoon.

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RALEIGH, N.C. — Heat hindered firefighters' battle against a blaze at a north Raleigh home late Thursday afternoon.

The fire broke out in a two-story home at 7721 Harps Mill Road shortly before 5 p.m., fire officials said. When crews arrived, flames were coming out of the roof.

Firefighters put out the blaze within about 20 minutes, and it left behind mostly smoke and water damage.

Firefighters sent out a second alarm, however, for another crew to help them deal with the heat. Crews traded 15-minute shifts fighting the fire.

Harps Mill Road, which is a busy cut-through road, was closed for about two blocks around the house.

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