Crews with the Wilmington Fire Department responded to an accidental house fire that injured one person Thursday morning.
Heavy smoke and flames were showing from the two-story home located at 5745 Oak Bluff Lane when crews arrived on scene at 8:13 a.m., Wilmington Fire Department Fire Marshal Sammy Flowers said.
Firefighters brought the fire under control within minutes, Flowers said. A resident inside was able to escape the burning home, but was injured due to smoke inhalation.
The injury occurred when the resident re-entered the home to look for a family pet, Flowers said. The resident was taken to New Hanover Regional Medical Center to be treated for the injury, which was not considered life-threatening.
“We want to stress to the public to stay outside of a burning structure once they are safely out,” Flowers said. “Never go back in under any circumstances. In this case, the pet had already made it outside and was safe. The resident did not know that at the time.”
Fire Marshals have ruled the blaze as an accidental fire that started in the kitchen due unattended cooking. Investigators determined the fire caused about $75,000 to the home and its contents.
Three Wilmington fire engines and a fire truck responded to the scene, along with a rescue, battalion and safety unit. Four Wilmington Fire Marshals were also on scene