At 4 AM on this frigid winter Saturday morning, Wake Forest Fire Department and many other departments were called to 1000 Streeter Lane in Raleigh for a structure fire.
Other departments called to the scene included Stony Hill Fire Department, Wake New Hope Fire Department, Durham Highway Fire Department, and Bay Leaf Fire Department.
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The streets as far as you could see had a broad mix of fire trucks lined up end to end and new units worked to find places to park as they arrived.
It appears fortunate that a second floor smoke alarm allegedly alerted the family who communicated to the alarm company they were evacuating the property. The family may have lived in this house since at least 2002 and some radio traffic mentioned there was a fire at the same property some years ago.
The cause of the fire is unknown at this time. Firefighters reported the garage was fully involved in fire when they arrived. The fire was brought under control at 5:12 AM.
When we arrived, fire was still shooting out of the roof of the 5,600 square foot house above the garage and what appeared to be bonus room area.
Bay Leaf Fire Department appeared to be first on the scene and their Chief coordinated a massive amount of different departments and personnel.
You can listent to more of the initial on-scene radio communications below.
What is fascinating to watch at a multi-department fire like this one is how all firefighters can come together on a moments notice and blend together to tackle a fire. All trained with the same skills and expertise as to make them nearly interchangeable on demand.
Along with significant damage to the house and contents, the family lost at least one car in the driveway as well.
And here is another view of the burned car with fire damage on the outside of the garage as well, in front of the car.