Crews respond to boarding house fire in Thomasville; 25 displaced

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THOMASVILLE, N.C. -- Crews responded to the scene of a boarding house fire in Thomasville on Wednesday afternoon.

Firefighters were dispatched to 17 Memorial Park Drive at 3:38 p.m. The fire started in the basement of the three-story building.

"I was coming up the road praying and thinking Lord don’t let anybody get hurt," said Laurie Baken, the owner of the boarding house.   "I just thank God nobody got hurt or killed you.  This is all material things, their lives is what matters."

Baken said the building had 13 units with between 20-25 residents. 

Between 50-60 firefighters responded.  Firefighter Jim Gainey was taken to the hospital for heat exhaustion and released.

No one living in the boarding house was injured.

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