Chief: Fire Causes Extensive Damage To Home

A house fire tore through a home in Washington Thursday afternoon. Washington and Bunyan fire departments responded 112 Slatestone Road around 12:45.

Washington Fire Chief Robbie Rose says heavy smoke was showing as crews arrived. His fire fighters described it as thick brown smoke pouring out from under the length of the roof.

Chief Rose says conditions were right for 'back draft" since there was so much heat and smoke, and all the doors and windows were shut. The first thing fire fighters did was open the door to let the home ventilate. Then then knocked down the flames. Crews later cut into the roof of the brick home to let more heat and smoke out.

Rose says the fire caused extensive damage throughout the home, but especially in the kitchen. No one was in the home when fire fighters arrived.

Fire fighters are expected to remain on scene for some time to watch for hot spots and try to locate the owners.


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  • by Co-Worker Location: Washington NC on Jan 6, 2012 at 06:13 PM
    These are my friends and co-workers. When I saw the housenthis morning, my heart fell to my stomach. God bless them for their strength and endurance. With His love and grace, along with the help of the community, I know that they will come out of this stronger than than they were before.
  • by Family Location: Washington, NC on Jan 5, 2012 at 05:51 PM
    Thanks to Everyone! We appreciate your prayers.
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      by Family on Jan 7, 2012 at 06:32 PM in reply to Family
      Please everyone know what you need.....
  • by Anonymous on Jan 5, 2012 at 04:39 PM
    The family who lives at this house are some of the nicest people you will ever meet. My thoughts and prayers go out to them.
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      by Anonymous on Jan 7, 2012 at 06:31 PM in reply to
      Would you please let everyone know what you need ??
  • by Firefighter Mom Location: Chocowinity on Jan 5, 2012 at 12:56 PM
    Thanks to all the Firefighters and EMS Personnel for your response to this fire. I'm sure the home owners are grateful for your quick response!! Thanks for all you do for our communities! My thoughts and prayers go out to the family.
  • by A neighbor on Jan 5, 2012 at 11:28 AM
    I am so sorry to see that this has happened. Its hard having to stand there and watch this happen to your home and not be able to help. Thanks to the many EMS and VFD guys that came out! I am glad that no one was injured. I pray for all who lived there.
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