Intense fire hits Raleigh home as firefighters report explosions

From staff reportsApril 18, 2013 

— Firefighters were met with explosions when they arrived at a burning house on Barclay Drive in West Raleigh on Thursday and found it being consumed by flames.

The one-story house is at 5347 Barclay Drive in the Roylene Acres subdivision off Buck Jones Road. Buck Jones was closed between Jones Franklin and Bashford roads for a couple of hours as firefighters worked to put out the fire.

The first firefighters on the scene about 11 a.m. told dispatchers that they had encountered heavy fire in the 1,869-square-foot home.

Fire investigators were trying to determine what caused the explosions, though there were several propane tanks at the back of the house, said Division Chief Ronnie Mizell.

No one was hurt, though a dog named Spirit died in the fire, Mizell said.

Wake County records show that the house, built in 1955, is owned by Thomas and Joyce Barnes of Manteo.

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