WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – Two adults went to the hospital for smoke inhalation early Sunday morning after a duplex fire on Rutledge Drive, according to the Wilmington Fire Department. The injuries to the victims are not considered life-threatening
Crews say they got the call around 5:30 Sunday morning at 416/418 Rutledge Drive. The duplex unit is considered a total loss.
Leslie White says he was sound asleep when the fire broke out in his duplex. He says his roommate's dog, Simon, started barking and scratching at the door, waking everyone up.
"If he hadn't had gotten us up we would have probably been goners," said White. He says, when Simon woke him up, heavy smoke already filled his room and it was hard to breathe. He says the other side of the duplex, was already fully engulfed.
"My friend opened the door and you could see the orange glow when we stuck our heads out," said White. "There was 20 foot flames leaping through the window and you could see the trees burning all the way at the top, and it was spreading, but we all got out of the house and got the dogs out."
Firefighters say the American Red Cross is assisting those who lived in the duplex.
Investigators determined the cause of the fire to be accidental and electrical in nature.
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