Youngsville Family Loses Home to Fire. Kids and Dogs Safe.

This morning at just about 9 AM the call went out for Youngsville Fire Department to respond to Pen Oak Lane in Youngsville for a house on fire. Subsequent calls went out for Franklinton Fire Department, Bunn Fire Department and Wake Forest Fire Department to assist as well.

Neighbors reported the family ran from the front of the house before the whole house was engulfed.

Firefighters from multiple departments battle the fire on all fronts.
Firefighters from multiple departments battle the fire on all fronts.

The husband and wife, Shelton and Cheryl Keith were transported by Youngsville EMS for treatment. Allegedly for burns.

Homeowner Shelton X is wheeled to a nearby ambulance as his home burns in the background. He says goodbye to his dog Goose as he leaves.
Homeowner Shelton Keith is wheeled to a nearby Youngsville ambulance as his home burns in the background. He says goodbye to his dog Goose as he leaves.

Their sons were home at the time of the fire. Both Matthew, 15, and Dallas, 10, were not physically injured. The two family dogs were rescued and the Gettings family up the street has them safe and sound.

Family dogs safe and lovingly cared for by the neighbors during this time of tragedy.
Family dogs safe and lovingly cared for by the neighbors during this time of tragedy.

Immediate neighbor Barb Garver first noticed flames coming out of the back of the house where a screen porch once stood. A number of vehicles and a four-wheeler parked beside the house were consumed by fire and a boat and RV trailer were mostly spared.

Trucks, bikes, and four wheelers were all lost to the fire.
Trucks, bikes, and four wheelers were all lost to the fire.

One neighbor said the family allegedly has an electric heat lamp on the back porch. The cause of the fire is unknown at this time. Duke Energy arrived to cut power to the property.

Contents of the attic are blown out of the house as firefighters tackle the fire from below.
Contents of the attic are blown out of the house as firefighters tackle the fire from below.

A large number of volunteer firefighters from the responding fire departments arrived on scene to help.

The house appeared to be a total loss. There was little untouched by fire.

The Keith family during happier times.
The Keith family during happier times.

A donation page has been setup for the family, click here.

Firefighters hitting house with water as smoke and steam billow up.
Firefighters hitting house with water as smoke and steam billow up.
Wake Forest Firefighter Scott Knowles and Captain Chris Lewis caught in action.
Wake Forest Firefighter Scott Knowles and Captain Chris Lewis caught in action.
Firefighters extinguish what was left of the shed which was lost to the house fire as well.
Firefighters extinguish what was left of the shed which was lost to the house fire as well.
Firefighters mop up what is left of fire inside of the house and search for hot spots.
Firefighters mop up what is left of fire inside of the house and search for hot spots.
Firefighters track down problem areas.
Firefighters track down problem areas.
The last roof truss comes toppling down after a push from a firefighter.
The last roof truss comes toppling down after a push from a firefighter.
A firefighter retrieves the sole of his boot melted off from the heat of the attic floor he was standing on.
A firefighter retrieves the sole of his boot melted off from the heat of the attic floor he was standing on.

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