CALABASH, NC (WECT) – Four people escaped from a burning home early Sunday morning. The Calabash Fire Department responded to a structure fire at 906 Strathaven Court at 3:22 a.m.
Calabash firefighters, with mutual aid from Grissettown, Sunset Beach, Ocean Isle, Shallotte Point, and Horry County fire departments, fought to extinguish the fire for over two hours before bringing it under control. Firefighting efforts were hampered by low water pressure in the area. The home sustained heavy smoke, fire, and water damage.
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Investigators believe the fire started in an outdoor kitchen at the rear of the house, but the exact cause is undetermined.
One firefighter was treated on the scene for a minor injury and another was taken to a local hospital to be checked for heat exhaustion.
Firefighters rescued the homeowners' frightened cat from under a bed in a downstairs bedroom, and it responded well to oxygen administered at the scene by EMS personnel.
The four occupants of the home were awoken by smoke alarms, had already escaped the fire and were safely outside.
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