Family escapes burning home in Calabash

Photo courtesy of the Calabash Fire Department

Four people were awakened by smoke alarms and escaped from a burning home around 3:22 a.m. Monday morning in Calabash, NC.

The Calabash Fire Department responded to a fire on Strathaven Court, and the first units on the scene found flames shooting from the rear of a large two-story home.

Four people had already escaped when units started arriving on scene.

Calabash firefighters, with mutual aid from Grissettown, Sunset Beach, Ocean Isle, Shallotte Point, and Horry County fire departments, battled the fire for over two hours.

The home sustained heavy smoke, fire, and water damage.

The fire is believed to have 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 transported to a local hospital to be checked for heat exhaustion.

Firefighters rescued the homeowners' frightened cat from under a bed in a downstairs bedroom.

The Calabash Fire Department also received assistance from Waccamaw Fire Department personnel who were on standby in the Calabash fire district, as well as Calabash and Brunswick County EMS personnel.

Click here to see a video of the fire.