A Rocky Mount family escaped unscathed Monday after a fire broke out in the attic of their home on the 1100 block of Royal Ridge.
“We were all on the bottom floor when we noticed smoke and it got heavier then the alarm came on,” Bharat Patel said. “I sent my son upstairs to check on it, and he said there was a lot of smoke gushing from the attic – so we got out of the house.”
Four people and a dog escaped the fire before Rocky Mount firefighters arrived shortly before 5 p.m. Fire Chief Trey Mayo said about 30 personnel responded to the fire at the 6,300-square-foot house.
“They reported light smoke coming from the roof area,” Mayo said.
Crews struggled to access the fire because it was in the attic, but got water on the blaze in about 10 minutes and extinguished the fire in about 30 minutes, Mayo said. Charred wood and shingles remained, with the majority of the fire damage on the back side of the house.
Patel was speechless when asked to describe how it felt to watch crews extinguishing a fire at the house he has shared with his family since 1999.
Fire investigators are working to determine the cause of the blaze.