Overnight fire displaces families

Mar. 04, 2013 @ 05:06 PM

A Sunday night fire left three families without injuries but with no permanent home.
Shortly after 11 p.m., emergency crews responded to a fire at a duplex at 505 Chestnut Street across from High Point Central High School. The extensive damage to the home includes a collapsed roof and water, smoke and fire damage.
Willie Alexander, 41, lived in the home with his 15-year-old son. He said he came home to find smoke and flames pouring out of the attic. He lost everything in the fire.
“I saw the smoke coming out and immediately thought ‘My house is on fire. This is crazy,’” Alexander said. “I ran upstairs to see what was going on and didn’t see any fire or smoke in the house. I just smelled it.”
Alexander then got everybody else up and ran downstairs to see if there was a fire down there.
“We heard a lot of electrical-like popping in the ceiling. We forgot everything and didn’t get anything but our kids,” Alexander said. “The popping sound was incredible.”
According to Alexander, it was only moments later that the roof collapsed.
Alexander lost everything in the fire but is credited for his quick thinking and saving the lives of everyone else in the house.
“I’m just glad he came back in time,” said Courtney Robertson. “We were sleep and he was the one who saw that the house was smoking. I thank God for that.”
Robertson, 28, who stayed in the upstairs unit with her 4- and 6-year old daughters, said she does not know where her family is going to go now.
“When I heard him, I got my kids and came outside,” said Courtney Robertson. “We left without jackets and everything. Everything is gone.”
The Red Cross has been in contact with the families. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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