Neighbor says explosion preceded Wake County blaze

CARY, N.C. (WNCN) — A witness told CBS North Carolina that he heard an explosion, then saw flames above the treeline in a neighborhood near Cary on Thursday night.

Firefighters from multiple departments responded to the fire on Brookridge Drive.

The affected home was “70 percent involved” when firefighters arrived, said Fairview Fire Chief Barry Spain.

He said the explosion noises neighbors reported were likely windows and the sounds of the house falling into itself.

“The structure has basically collapsed on itself,” Spain said. He estimated the fire had been alight for about 45 minutes before firefighters arrived.

The call came in just after 8 p.m., officials said. As of 9:43 p.m., the fire was still not under control, Spain.

A neighbor who had gone to check on his home, which was unaffected, reported that some trees in the area were on fire.

“We’re having to use a water shuttle operation, and there’s approximately 10 tankers here that are supplying our first-in uni,” Spain said.

No injuries have been reported so far. Neighbors told officials they believe the home’s owners were out when the fire began, but officials are still trying to get in touch with them, Spain said.

Officials don’t know how the fire started, nor do they know if any pets were in the home.

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