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Wendell home burned out, no injuries

An investigator with the Wake County fire marshal’s office leaves a home on Compacta Drive after a fire destroyed a home Thursday night.
An investigator with the Wake County fire marshal’s office leaves a home on Compacta Drive after a fire destroyed a home Thursday night. kbettis@newsobserver.com

A blaze that swept through a home at 2042 Compacta Drive around 8 p.m. Jan. 29 is under investigation.

Although the residents had escaped the fire and left the scene without injury by the time firefighters arrived, officials say they believe that an adult and a child were in the house when it caught fire.

Six vehicles and 23 firefighters from the Wendell Fire Department and Zebulon Fire Department arrived at the scene to help put out the fire, which they did within minutes of arrival, said Wendell Fire Chief Brian Staples.

He said when firefighters entered through the rear door of the house, they found a heavy fire in the kitchen. The heat from the fire had broken the kitchen windows as well.

Although winds were quite heavy the next morning, next-door neighbor Wilmon Pully said it was not bad that night, and he didn’t fear that the flames would reach his house, though he said he worried about smoke.

The one-story house, owned by Kevin Cosby of Raleigh, suffered $50,000 in property losses and $15,000 content losses.

The Wake County Fire Marshal’s office is investigating the cause of the blaze.

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