Photo Story: Family Escapes Burning N.C. Home

A child who smelled smoke alerted an adult as the family escaped the Rocky Mount house fire.

On Nov. 27 at 3:03 p.m. the city of Rocky Mount Fire Units were dispatched to a residential structure fire at 1217 Mashie Ln.

Crews found flames blowing from the first floor door and windows of the two-story, 2,100-square-foot home. The home was occupied by three adults and four small children who were able to escape uninjured.

Engine 4 personnel established command and deployed a 1 3/4--inch attack line and a 1 3/4-inch backup line. Personnel were able to knock down a large portion of the fire through exterior windows until additional units arrived on scene.

Engine 6 arrived on scene and established a water supply from a hydrant approximately 500 feet away.  Battalion 2 arrived on scene and assumed command.

Engine 4 and Rescue 2 personnel initiated an aggressive interior attack and completed a primary search as Engine 6 personnel manned the backup line. Ladder 30 personnel provided ventilation support for interior crews.

Ladder 10 arrived on scene, established a RIT, and deployed ground ladders as secondary egress for crews advancing to the second floor.  Engine 5 responded to the scene and staged for a possible assignment to support on-scene crews. 

Although fire crews faced heavy fire conditions initially and were met with strong winds which hampered fire suppression they were able to bring the fire under control within 20 minutes. Fire crews were able to prevent the fire from spreading to the rear of the home and the second floor.

Nash County EMS responded and assisted with rehab for on-scene personnel. No firefighters were injured during the blaze.

The occupants were fortunate to escape as one of the adults was hearing and visually impaired and another adult was sleeping. Occupants were alerted to the fire by one of the children who smelled smoke and alerted the adults.