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Family of seven loses Twin Lakes home to fire

Posted February 20, 2011 1:59 p.m. EST
Updated February 20, 2011 4:40 p.m. EST

— A woman and her baby barely escaped a quickly moving brush fire that destroyed two homes in the Twin Lakes area of Harnett County Saturday.

The fire that started in the yard of a home near Ray Road and Rainey Drive was one among nearly 300 in North Carolina that high winds whipped up that day.

This blaze quickly spread near a home where a young woman and her infant were inside and unaware of the danger.

"(She) did not even realize that the house was on fire," landlady Maxine Tibbets said. "Thank God that my other renter and her boyfriend came home... He realized that the house was on fire and was able to get her out with the baby."

Six dogs also got out of the house safely.

The fire ended up destroying the woman's home and another mobile home that Tibbets rents but was vacant.

Tibbets said the woman, her husband and five children, ranging in age from the infant to 13 years old, had moved in recently and were trying to make a fresh start.

"They are so homeless at this moment, and I really need to reach out and try to help them, to get them whatever I can help them with," Tibbets said.

The Red Cross provided the family with temporary shelter.

Fire investigators said they are unsure what caused the fire and they couldn't say if charges would be filed in connection with it.