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Fire Displaces 2 Families in Rolesville

Posted June 1, 2007 10:10 p.m. EDT
Updated June 1, 2007 10:51 p.m. EDT

— One fire left two families displaced in Rolesville Friday.

Investigators believe it began with a fire and explosion in one house on Redford Place Drive, which quickly spread to the second house.

Kimberly McCord was in her house with her four daughters Friday when she saw flickering flames.

“I screamed to my daughters,” she said. “We heard an explosion and at the whole back of the house you could see the smoke and flames coming up.”

Those flames spread to the house next door and melted the siding on another home. Investigators believe the fire started on the back deck of the McCord’s house when a propane tank exploded. Rolesville Fire crews say they saw the smoke as they were leaving the station.

“It was heartbreaking watching it burn before they got here, because of course you want somebody to stop it,” McCord said.

While there were tears at what was lost, there were tears of joy as well. Firefighters were able to salvage some things.

“These are all home videos from the time the kids were first born,” Chris McCord said.

A doll house Chris built for his daughters also made it through the fire.

“I’ve been working on this for months,” he said.

As investigators try to finalize a cause, the fire department will be on the scene for at least 24 more hours, according to Town Manager Matt Livingston.