Blaze guts Rockingham home

Family of 6 displaced after Sunday house fire

Kevin Spradlin | PeeDeePost.com Firefighters from Cordova Fire and Rescue and Northside Volunteer Fire Department arrived at a home on Cartledge Creek Road with flames shooting out of the living room area.

Kevin Spradlin | PeeDeePost.com
Firefighters from Cordova Fire and Rescue and Northside Volunteer Fire Department arrived at a home on Cartledge Creek Road with flames shooting out of the living room area.

By Kevin Spradlin
PeeDeePost.com

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ROCKINGHAM — A father’s embrace did little to ease the pain and suffering of his 7-year-old daughter early Sunday evening after the two, along with the wife and three other siblings, returned home early Sunday evening from a dinner out to learn their home was destroyed by fire.

Kevin Spradlin | PeeDeePost.com A firefighter directs water into the living room area of a home in the 100 block of Cartledge Creek Road north of Rockingham late Sunday afternoon.

Kevin Spradlin | PeeDeePost.com
A firefighter directs water into the living room area of a home in the 100 block of Cartledge Creek Road north of Rockingham late Sunday afternoon.

The emergency call for help was reported at approximately 4:54 p.m. Volunteer firefighters from Cordova Fire and Rescue and Northside Volunteer Fire Department responded to the home at 171 Cartledge Creek Road. The house is located at the intersection of Kemberly Street across from Beverly Hills Baptist Church.

A family member said another relative happened to be driving past the home, which is owned by another family member, and called the father, who was at the restaurant enjoying dinner with his wife and four children. Once firefighters were alerted, they were on scene within only a few minutes.

Upon arrival, flames were shooting up to 2 feet high from the northeast corner of the home, which a family member identified as the living room. Firefighters quickly put water on that section while others entered the front door. The event quickly drew a crowd of dozens of onlookers from the neighborhood and even one family passing through from Chesterfield, S.C.

At 5:12 p.m., it appeared the fire had caused the roof to destabilize.

“Ya’ll get out of the house,” one firefighter yelled to several others still fighting the blaze from inside the structure.

Kevin Spradlin | PeeDeePost.com Firefighters head into a burning home on Cartledge Creek Road.

Kevin Spradlin | PeeDeePost.com
Firefighters head into a burning home on Cartledge Creek Road.

The first effort didn’t work, and the horn from the closest firetruck was used to enhance the sound of retreat.

A red pick-up truck parked behind the home was untouched, as was an outbuilding and a dog pen that housed a hound mix. Inside the home, it’s believed that a second dog, Daisy, died in the blaze.

Representatives from FirstHealth EMS, the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office and Duke Energy also responded to the scene.

It was unknown if the homeowner had insurance on the house. A family member said the six displaced relatives would be housed with other relatives for the time being. The cause of the fire was not immediately known.

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