On July 3, at 7:27 p.m., City of Rocky Mount units responded to a working residential structure fire at 6259 Hunter Hill Rd.
Crews found flames showing from the roof in the rear of the large two-story residence. They secured a five-inch water supply and deployed multiple hose lines As interior lines were being put in place, exterior fire crews knocked a large volume of fire in the rear of the structure.
Once a backup line was in place, fire crews made several aggressive attempts to reach the fire on the second floor.
Crews were then evacuated due to rapid fire growth and deteriorating interior conditions.
Suppression operations were hampered by the inaccessibility of the residence. The residence was located at the bottom of a steep grade and on a heavily wooded lot.
Aerial operations could not be carried out and personnel were quickly taxed after deploying hose lines and ground ladders on the steep grade.
Due to the size of the structure and high temperatures, an additional CRM engine company, Red Oak, and Nashville Fire Departments were dispatched to assist.
Ground mounted monitor nozzles were deployed in the front and rear of the structure. The fire was brought under control within 90 minutes. Progress Energy terminated power to the residence.
Nash EMS provided rehab for on-scene personnel. The Red Cross, RMFD Benevolent Fund Trailer, and Nash County Fire Marshal’s Office responded to assist with rehab and refreshments for personnel.
Sharpsburg Fire Dept. relocated an engine company to Station 1 to assist with coverage in the city during the incident. The homeowners were not at home when the fire started.
Firefighters were able to save a cat and three cars.
No one was injured.
The RMFD Fire Marshal’s Office responded to assist with the investigation.
The residence suffered significant fire damage to the roof and second floor and water damage to the first floor. Fire crews remained on scene throughout the night to perform salvage and overhaul.