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Fire destroys northern Wake County home

February 27, 2019 GMT

A fire broke out in a northern Wake County home Wednesday morning, destroying the house.

Multiple units responded to the home, on Caber Road, around 3:30 a.m.

Responders said the fire was fully involved and coming from the back of the house when they arrived.

Six different departments from Wake and Durham counties and from the City of Durham responded.

Fire officials spoke to neighbors who say the home had been on sale for about a year and was under contract as of a couple of days ago. The homeowner travels between Durham and Virginia and was not home when the fire broke out.

A neighbor said he called 911 after hearing popping sounds.

“It was hard to tell what it was,” said Eric Johnson. “I thought it might have been a transformer [but it] became evident what it was pretty quickly. I called the authorities.”

Johnson said he is thankful that the large fire didn’t spread.

“I’m glad it wasn’t catching on the trees,” he said. “Luckily we’ve had a lot of rain. Maybe that’s the one good thing that came from the rain, we didn’t have to worry about it catching our house.”

No injuries were reported. The cause of the fire has not been determined.