Three volunteer fire trucks were dispatched from Raleigh and Polkville to the home 10 miles west of Raleigh on Hwy. 18 in the White Oak community. Volunteer fire fighters arrived on the scene and began spraying the brick and tin left standing on the carport. Smoke was drifting through the vents in the top of the house, filling the rest of the house with its stench.
Fire fighters from Raleigh, Puckett, Pineville, Polkville, and Sylvarena responded the first time. Tate Revette, Emergency Management Director, said the damage was contained to the carport and living room. They had nine fire trucks on the scene.
Marty Patterson said they tried to salvage clothes from the smoke damage, but after two washes the smell of smoke was still prevalent. “All was lost,” he said.
No definite cause for the fire has been determined. Marty said it looked like it started at the electrical box on the side of the carport.