Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Fire causes damage to historic Pippen home

This was originally the carriage house and is behind my great grandfather's main house, the William Mayo Pippen House below.

William Mayo Pippen House

The Daily Southerner


A fire caused extensive damage to a historic home early Wednesday morning.

The Tarboro Fire Department responded to the Pippen House circa. 1870-1930 in the 900 block of St. Andrews Street around 6:35 a.m. Wednesday morning.

The owners of the house, Steve and Shari Redhage were home when the fire started.

Steve said he was alerted to the fire by an alarm. When the alarm was triggered the first time, he said he reset it thinking that it was a false alarm. After going through that routine about three times, he checked the back side of the house and spotted fire coming from the room that housed the hot water heater he said.

After realizing the danger, he notified his wife and son and they escaped without injuries.

"When I told my wife what was going on we got out," Steve said. "But she told me to get all the children portraits. I did.

We lost a lot of stuff but that is just stuff. It can be replaced. I'm glad that we got out safe."

Tarboro Fire Chief Billy Whitakers confirmed that the fire was likely started by the hot water heater. He said that his department had the blaze under controll within one hour. Smoke damage and water from the fire department also contributed to the damage.

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