At approximately 8:30 on January 14th, the Alamance Community Fire Department (located in Guilford County) was dispatched to a reported house fire.
The first arriving engine reported heavy smoke showing, and assumed offensive fire attack. Chief Kevin Bowers quickly arrived on scene and assumed command of the incident. Mutual aid was provided by both Southeast Fire Department and Guilford County Squad 50.
Approximately half of the structure was heavily involved upon the initial attack, and the deep-seated fire proved a challenge for crews attempting to extinguish the stubborn flames. RIT and back-up crews were quickly established to provide for firefighter safety and rehab. Due to the rural location, the operation was supplied by tanker shuttle. Crews operated on the scene throughout the morning. The Guilford County Fire Marshal's Office is investigating the cause of the fire.
Fortunately the home owner escaped without injury thanks to working smoke detectors in the house. One dog and two cats were also able to escape. Unfortunately, three cats did not survive the fire despite firefighter's efforts to aid them.