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House fire displaces Durham family

Posted January 2, 2010 7:19 a.m. EST
Updated January 3, 2010 7:37 a.m. EST

— A family of four was displaced after a two-alarm fire destroyed their home on Yancey Street early Saturday, Durham firefighters said.

Firefighters were called out to the fire at 505 Yancey St. around 12:30 a.m. When they arrived, heavy smoke was coming from the rear of the single-story house.

Firefighters entered the house to fight the blaze and ventilated the building, but the fire quickly got worse, with heavy flames coming out the front gable, according to the incident report. Crews called for an extra pumper, began defensive operations and extinguished the blaze.

The four occupants of the house got out safely, and no one was injured. The Red Cross was assisting them.

The home was a complete loss, fire officials said.

Investigators believe an electrical flaw might have sparked the fire but are still working to determine the cause, officials said. The blaze began in the rear of the house and spread to the attic.