‘It’s likely a total loss’: House fire in Wilmington’s Landfall community causes millions of dollars in damage

‘It’s likely a total loss’: House fire in Wilmington’s Landfall community causes millions of dollars in damage

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - The Wilmington Fire Department (WFD) responded to a house fire on Arboretum Drive in the Landfall community in Wilmington on Friday, and a fire crew was still on the scene more than 24 hours later controlling lingering hot spots.

The initial 911 call at 3 p.m. on Friday was about smoke coming from underneath the house, according to New Hanover County Dispatch.

Investigators determined the fire started in the HVAC unit underneath the house and spread throughout the walls which hampered fire control efforts, said WFD Assistant Chief Rick Pearsall.

“It’s likely a total loss, even though the roof is still intact,” said Pearsall.

The home, located on the 800 block of Arboretum Drive, is fairly well-built and is more 6,000 square feet. The damage to the home is estimated at four to five million dollars, said Pearsall.

In total, 12 to 15 fire units rotated throughout the night and into Saturday.

“We got the fire under control late last night,” said Pearsall. “Crews remain on scene now (on Saturday afternoon) to put out hot spots.”

Two inspectors worked throughout the night in a thorough investigation, said Pearsall.

No injuries to citizens or fire crews were reported.

“When winter starts, we advise people to have their heating units checked out by a certified service company to make sure everything is working,” said Pearsall. “The 65 to 75 dollars service could save you thousands of dollars, or a life.”

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