Firefighters battle brush, house fires in Durham

Mar. 16, 2014 @ 04:54 PM

Firefighters fought a brush fire and house fire in different parts of the city Saturday. No one was hurt.

City firefighters were called at 1:42 p.m. to investigate the smell of smoke in the area of Valley Springs Park, near Rose of Sharon Road in western Durham, and found multiple acres on fire, Deputy Chief Chris Iannuzzi of the Durham Fire Department said. More firefighters were called to assist.

The fire was declared contained at 4 p.m. by the N.C. Forestry Service.

No homes were damaged or threatened, Iannuzzi said.

Firefighters from Durham and Orange counties, forestry service personnel and park rangers assisted against the blaze.

The fire's cause is being investigated.

As the woods fire was fought, firefighters battled a house blaze at 4209 Lady Slipper Lane, near the intersection of Glenn and Hamlin roads in northeastern Durham.

Firefighters reported seeing brown smoke coming from the front door.

The homeowner met firefighters in the front yard, and no one was inside, Iannuzzi said.

A small fire was extinguished in the hall, but fire later was found in the floor truss system, between the first and second floors. Flames burned a hole through the second floor near the top of the stairs. There was damage to the first-floor ceiling and flooring on the second floor. Heavy soot stains extended from the ceiling to the floor.

The homeowner was displaced, but declined Red Cross assistance.

Twenty-seven firefighters responded to the call, including two units from the Redwood Volunteer Fire Department.

Durham County EMS personnel evaluated an adult for smoke inhalation, but no further treatment was given.

The fire's cause is being investigated.