6 displaced after Raleigh townhouses heavily damaged by fire

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) — Three townhouses were heavily damaged by fire in Raleigh on Saturday afternoon.

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The incident was first reported around 5:20 p.m. in the 2400 block of Pumpkin Ridge Way in Raleigh.

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Photos from the scene showed heavy damage to townhouses in the Hedingham neighborhood.

Four  adults and two children were displaced after the three townhouses burned, fire officials said.  Two families were out of town when the fire happened, according to officials.

Fire officials said no one was hurt, but a dog might have died in the blaze.

The fire is under investigation and officials are unsure exactly where it started.

The fire took about an hour to get under control and 80 firefighters responded to the call.

The Red Cross is assisting families who were displaced by the fire. Neighbors are also pitching in.

“I mean, they didn’t’ ask for this. [You have to] pay it forward. People have helped me in the past,” said Courtney Biedell, who is trying to collect clothes for her neighbors.

The area is located in east Raleigh in the area east of North New Hope Road and north of New Bern Avenue near the Neuse River.

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