CARY – A Cary couple was unharmed Friday after a fire started on the second floor of their home.
The Cary Fire Protection District was dispatched at 8:50 p.m. to a reported house fire at 140 Adare Drive, Cary.
An off-duty firefighter who lives in the neighborhood immediately responded to the scene. Upon arrival, firefighter Bill Gitzke Jr. saw smoke coming from the building’s second floor, and the homeowner was trying to extinguish the fire inside using a garden hose.
Gitzke got the homeowner out of the house before the first firetruck arrived at 8:54 p.m. Firefighters extinguished the fire within 10 minutes of arriving at the scene.
The homeowner, George Haynes, and his wife were home when the fire started, fire district officials said. After the smoke detectors went off, Haynes tried to extinguish the fire while his wife called 911, officials said.
The fire damage was contained to an upstairs bedroom. The rest of the second floor had smoke damage, and an estimate on the cost of the damage was not immediately available, Lt. Michael D. Douglass said.
The two occupants denied injuries and refused to be evaluated by paramedics, Douglass said, and no firefighters were injured at the scene.
The cause of the fire is under investigation and is not considered suspicious, officials said.