Elderly couple escapes house fire in Lenoir County

POSTED: 9:18 AM Feb 20 2013   UPDATED: 7:59 PM Feb 20 2013
LENOIR COUNTY -

 An elderly, Lenoir County couple woke up without a home Wednesday after their house went up in flames. The home was located in Kinston on Jefferson Drive. 

There were no smoke detectors in the home, according to fire investigators.

Don Crawford is the Assistant Chief for Kinston Department of Fire and Rescue. He says they got the call just before 9 p.m. and when they arrived 75% of the home was in flames. 

"Crews went in, did a primary search, extinguished the fire and through our investigations we found the cause of the fire to be a discarded cigarette," said Crawford.

He said one firefighter had to receive treatment because of burns on his ears and face.

Jeff Summerlin lives right down the street from the Glover's home. He said he woke up to sirens and saw fire trucks lining the street. 

"These older houses, they will go up quick, real quick and you don't have a lot of time," said Summerlin.

Crawford said the damage doesn't look as bad on the outside because of the veneer brick exterior of the home.

The couple is now looking for their cat that was in the home.

Crawford said after their investigation they found no sign of the cat and believe it got out the back door.

"This is a closed tight neighborhood and whatever the people need, they'll get it from the neighborhood and we'll be glad to help anyway we can," said Summerlin.

The couple is now staying with family until they find a new place to live.