Hammond Street Fire

An early morning fire on Saturday destroyed a home on Hammond Street and left one of the occupants suffering from burns.

Rocky Mount firefighters rescued a person from a burning house during an early morning fire Saturday.

Units from the Rocky Mount Fire Department were dispatched about 5:02 a.m. Saturday to a residence at 801 Hammond St. near the intersection of Hammond and Tillery streets. According to a press release from the City of Rocky Mount, units arrived at the scene within three minutes of being dispatched to find a two-story, residential structure with approximately 50 percent of the house involved with fire.

Two occupants of the house who were at the scene told firefighters there was another person trapped inside on the second floor. Firefighters used ladders to enter the structure through a second-story window to search for the person.

That person was located, evacuated through the second-story window and revived at the scene by first responders.

The occupant was then transported to UNC Nash Health Care by Nash County Emergency Medical Services for medical care for burns sustained during the fire. No further details about the victim are available. Firefighters conducted a secondary search to ensure no one else was trapped inside.

According to the release, 25 Rocky Mount firefighters responded to the incident and were able to extinguish the fire and bring it under control within approximately 45 minutes of the arrival of the first units.

Other agencies also responded to assist. Rocky Mount Public Utilities troubleshooters responded and disconnected utilities to the structure. Rocky Mount police officers assisted with traffic control at the scene. Nash County Emergency Services offered patient care and assisted with firefighter rehab on scene.

The American Red Cross was contacted to aid the occupants of the home who were displaced by the fire.

The roughly 1450-square-foot residence sustained major fire and smoke damage throughout. The cause of the blaze remains under investigation.

There were no reported injuries to firefighters, the release said.