Brush fire threatens homes

A quick spreading forest fire caused families to be evacuated from their homes Sunday.

The fire started around 1:00 p.m. Sunday near Albemarle Drive in New Hanover County. It took fire crews from the City of Wilmington, New Hanover County, Ogden and Sea Gate to fight through the smoke.

They evacuated two homes at the end of the drive. One family watched and waited in fear. Jill Sullivan says she was just glad her and her family weren't in the house and no one was injured.

The fire was quickly put out, and the homes were spared, but fire officials say it wasn't easy. They had to contend with fast moving winds which made the fight even harder.

One neighbor says he heard loud pops in the woods just before the fire started. Fire officials say they can't explain the sounds or the cause.

"To the best of my knowledge it is suspicious," says Wilmington Fire Chief J.M. Jackson.  "There shouldn't have been anyone in those woods at that time."

The North Carolina Forestry Service will be conducting the investigation. They're not ruling out anything.

Reported By: Maggie Alexander