A townhome fire on Campbell Gardens Road in Kernersville, August 27, 2013. Courtesy Fire Chief Crouse.
KERNERSVILLE, N.C. -- Kernersville fire crews responded at approximately 4:04 a.m. Tuesday to a fire at a townhome on Campbell Gardens Road. The homeowner was not home at the time of the fire, and the fire department said there were no injuries sustained in the blaze.
Kernersville Fire Chief Terry Crouse said the townhome is a total loss, and crews were waiting until the hazardous atmosphere had thinned out before beginning a search through the rubble. Crouse and deputy chief Ken Anderson said none of the other adjoining units in the townhome building sustained any fire or smoke damage. Anderson said the fire wall "did its job."
News 2 talked with the Nicole Powell, the daughter of a woman who lives in the adjoining unit. Powell said she was sleeping in the apartment at the time of the incident and said her mother woke her up upon hearing the fire alarm next door. Powell said they quickly looked outside and did not see the car of the owner whose townhome was on fire. Powell said she determined that tenant was not home and quickly knocked on the doors of the other neighbors in the building to evacuate them from the premises.
On scene, News 2 talked with the owner of the destroyed townhome but is not releasing her name in order to protect her privacy. She said she has not yet notified all of her friends and family of the incident. She said she is thankful for the kind thoughts and actions of her neighbors who are offering to help her. The woman said she does not believe she will be able to retrieve any of her possessions from the rubble.
Crews were still investigating as of 8 a.m. They extinguished the remaining flames by approximately 7:30.
The fire chief said the department is currently unable to determine the cause of the fire. Both Powell and the homeowner of the destroyed townhome told News 2 there were two apparent instances of arson in that building in April. They said someone intentionally set fire to two porch wreaths. The fire chief acknowledged the incidents but said he did not know whether arson had officially been determined as the cause of those events.
The homeowner of the destroyed townhome also told News 2 her home was broken into five months ago. She said she hopes the fire that destroyed her home was not set intentionally.
News 2 is on scene and continuing to provide updates.
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