WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — A house fire that occurred Thursday afternoon left a Winston-Salem family displaced.
Firefighters say they responded just after 4 p.m. to 3169 Carver School Road.
When they arrived, firefighters say heavy smoke and flames were emitting from the home’s carport. High winds were fanning the flames, they added.
The residents of the home — two adults and a child — were located outside. They told firefighters a passerby alerted them to the fire by knocking on their door.
Firefighters said the blaze was mostly contained within the carport area.
Investigators determined the probably cause was a discarded cigarette that ignited trash inside a can in the carport, firefighters said.
The blaze caused an estimated $15,000 in property damage.
No injuries were reported.
The displaced residents are staying with family members and are also being assisted by the Red Cross, firefighters said.