Durham County

Blazes damage trio of houses, 11 people displaced


The Durham Fire Department was dispatched to three residential fires Wednesday. The blazes left a total of 11 people displaced, but no injuries were reported.

In the first, at 1210 Alma Street at 2:55 p.m., firefighters saw smoke coming from a one-story residential structure. A fire in the attic and right side apartment was extinguished within 10 minutes. In addition to the fire damage in the right side apartment, smoke and water damage was incurred in the left side apartment.

The American Red Cross was called to assist six adults and one child who were displaced from the two apartments. There were no injuries and the cause of the fire is under investigation.

Thirty-two firefighters responded to the call, including three from Durham County Fire Rescue. Firefighters were on the scene for an hour and a half, according to DFD Deputy Chief Chris Iannuzzi.

In the second, firefighters responded to a structure fire at 5156 Revere Road at 9:25 p.m. Wednesday.

On arrival firefighters reported a one-story residential structure with fire in the rear of the house. A fire on the deck with minor extension to the eaves and roof was quickly extinguished.

The American Red Cross was assisting with lodging for two adults and two children. The cause of the fire was improperly discarded fireplace ashes.

Firefighters remained on the scene late Wednesday night, according to Iannuzzi.

In the third, firefighters were dispatched at 11:57 p.m. to a structure fire at 1911 Garland Street. They reported a single-story residential structure with heavy smoke visible.

The fire was extinguished in about five minutes and caused damage to a room and the attic. The cause of the fire was under investigation. There were no injuries and no one was home, so Red Cross was not notified, Iannuzzi said.

Firefighters were on the scene for just under two hours.