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Townhouse blaze displaces multiple families

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WAKE FOREST — A row of townhouses was severely damaged in a massive fire Friday afternoon that displaced four families, fire officials said.

One person was treated by EMS for smoke inhalation after a fire broke out in one of the townhouses in the 2900 block of Gross Avenue, off Ligon Mill Road. The fire began just before 3 p.m.

The Wake Forest Fire Department said it is believed that the fire broke out in the back of one of the townhouse units, which is adjoined to four others.

According to Battalion Chief Edward Barrett, one of the townhouses was a total loss and a second sustained major damage. Two others had less damage from smoke and water, while the fifth unit was relatively unharmed by the fire or the operation.

Up to four families could be displaced, including a number of pets.

All occupants were out of the building when firefighters arrived, Barrett said.

An operation by the Wake Forest, New Hope and Northern Wake fire departments managed to extinguish the two-alarm blaze.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Neighbors lined the streets to watch firefighters work, offering crews water. Friday's high temperature was in the mid-90s.