CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Red Cross and neighbors are helping a couple whose northeast Charlotte home was nearly destroyed in an afternoon fire.

It happened on Leadenhall Lane, just off Harris Houston Road, in the Wexford neighborhood.

The homeowners,Mohammed Kemokai and his wife, were not home when the fire started around 2:30 p.m.

Kemokai said it was difficult to look at the burned out home and think about what he and his wife would do now.

Obviously it is difficult to put it into words, but in my heart it is very hard, he said, as firefighter tossed burned out pieces of furniture onto the front lawn.

Kemokai said the family was lucky that no one was hurt.

I thank the Lord for that, he said.

Charlotte Fire Department Capt. Rob Brisley said the flames were so intense at one point that firefighters had to get out of the house until the flames could be knocked down.

Brisley said extra hoses were brought out to make sure the fire did not spread to homes on either side.

Fire investigators will now try to determine where n the home and why the fire started. There is no estimate yet of the damage.

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