WAKE COUNTY, N.C. – Crews from eight departments in two counties battled a major house fire at 11000 Eaglerock Drive in northern Wake County early Sunday afternoon.
The one-story, split-level, wood-frame structure with 3,327 square-feet was built in 1979.
There also were numerous vehicles and machinery in the driveway.
Durham Highway Pumper 1 was first on scene, with Bay Leaf Pumper 366 supplying additional water until shuttle operations started.
The structure was soon fully involved on two sides, with fire spreading to the woods and approaching nearby homes.
Challenges included high winds, heavy fire, burning vehicles outside the residence, pressurized cylinders and exploding ammunition.
Water shuttle operations used a drop-tank at the corner of Eaglerock and Farmwood Drives, with several hundred feet of supply line to end of Eaglerock. The water point was the corner of Norwood and Old Creedmoor roads.
Command was located beside Pumper 1, also the location of medical monitoring and rehab. Apparatus staged on Farmwood Drive.
Brush trucks and additional engines were sent to side streets where crews controlled the woods fires as well as brought additional lines to the rear of the structure.
The incident was dispatched about 1:20 p.m. and controlled within about two hours.
Wake County fire departments on scene included Bay Leaf, Durham Highway, Falls, Stony Hill, Wake Forest, and Western Wake. Durham County fire departments on scene included Bethesda and Redwood. Rehab and medical monitoring was performed by Six Forks EMS and Wake County EMS units.
Wake County Fire Services responded to investigate the incident along with an arson unit from the Raleigh Fire Department.