Family escapes burning home in Winston-Salem neighborhood

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Smoke detectors potentially saved five people's lives when a fire broke out at a Winston-Salem home.

At about 12:38 a.m. Friday, fire crews responded to a house fire at 4629 Tobacco Street.

A mother and four children were inside when they heard the alarms go off.

They were able to escape unharmed.

Yaquelin Cruz Rivera, the homeowners' daughter, showed the extensive damage to the kitchen and back of the home.

“For us to see it the way it is is so hard because it’s all our memories and our childhood,” Cruz Rivera said. “Especially for my siblings. They were younger when they moved here, so for them, this is their home.”

Cruz Rivera said that her parents ran a painting company from their home and they lost important information for their business.

She also said that the family dog was missing, and they worried that she may not have made it to safety.

"When they tried to go back, the cops...didn’t let them go back because it was just so much fire,” Cruz Rivera said.

Friday, friends and family sifted through debris and pulled clothes and photographs from the damage.

"We thank God. I just appreciate and thank God for what he did for my family because I don’t know what I would have done if something had happened to them. They’re my world,” Cruz Rivera said.

Dramatic video from the Winston-Salem Fire Department shows crews spraying water over visible flames.

It took 31 firefighters and 11 units to quell the flames. The fire was out by 1:32 a.m.

The family is now staying with other family members.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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