Firefighters battle 2 blazes

Apr. 21, 2014 @ 09:57 PM

Five people were displaced Monday when fire broke out in their kitchen in North-East Central Durham. And Saturday, a woman's home caught fire when she fell asleep while smoking.

No one was hurt.

Firefighters were called at 4:25 p.m. Monday to a single-story residence at 207 N. Briggs Ave., Deputy Chief Chris Iannuzzi of the Durham Fire Department said. A kitchen fire was quickly extinguished, limiting damage to that room. But there was smoke damage to the rest of the apartment, he said.

The residents -- an adult and four children ages 1 to 5 -- were outside when they realized the residence was on fire. Red Cross was called to provide emergency housing.

Twenty-five firefighters responded to the call and were on the scene two hours.

Iannuzzi said the fire's cause is being investigated but is believed to be due to unattended cooking.

The earlier fire happened Saturday afternoon at 620 Dunbar Ave., off Fayetteville Street south of downtown.

Firefighters were called to the one-story house at 6:15 p.m. and found the occupant outside with her dog and smoke showing from the front and rear, Iannuzzi said.

A small fire involving a coffee table and the arm of a couch was quickly extinguished, he said. The resident was able to re-occupy the home once smoke was cleared.

The fire started when the woman fell asleep, according to Iannuzzi. The smoke set off a home alarm.

Twenty-six firefighters were on the scene 45 minutes.