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Two adults, three children escape Raleigh house fire

Posted July 5, 2011 7:05 a.m. EDT
Updated July 5, 2011 9:39 p.m. EDT

— A Raleigh neighborhood still trying to rebuild after April's destructive tornadoes suffered another setback Tuesday morning as flames tore through a family's house.

Two adults and three children were able to escape the burning house in the 3500 block of Weir Way. Investigators said the family heard a boom or popping noise and then saw heavy smoke and flames.

Fire crews said they don't think the fire is suspicious. However, an exact cause has not been determined.

The roof was engulfed in flames at one point, causing it and the second floor to collapse onto the first floor.

Firefighters were back on the scene of the fire Tuesday night after neighbors noticed the blaze had rekindled. 

The house is off Serendipity Drive, which was one of the hardest hit areas during the April 16 tornadoes. The Red Cross is assisting the family.