Fires displace children, adults, dog

Jan. 27, 2014 @ 05:17 PM

Two fires displaced four children, two adults and a dog Monday, leaving a mother with possible smoke inhalation, officials said.
City firefighters were called at 7:38 a.m. to 1302 Vickers Ave. near downtown and saw smoke coming from the roof of the one-story house, Deputy Chief Chris Iannuzzi of the Durham Fire Department said.
The fire apparently began in a closet and caused moderate damage to that area, he said. There was modest smoke damage throughout the house and some water-runoff damage in the basement.
The Red Cross was called to provide emergency housing to a woman and dog who lived there.
Fire investigators are trying to determine the fire’s cause.
Later in the morning, about 11:50 a.m., firefighters responded to a call at McDougald Terrace, a public housing community near N.C. Central University.
The fire at 1151 Ridgeway Ave., Apt. 24-D, started in an upstairs bedroom and caused extensive damage, Battalion Chief Teresa Hayes said.
Four children and their mother were displaced. Hayes said the mother was transported to Duke University Hospital for possible smoke inhalation, and Red Cross is providing housing and food to the family.
Officials from the Durham Housing Authority, which manages the complex, were at the scene.
Hayes said a fire investigator was called to look into what caused the blaze.