A rekindled fire in a Harlem home likely finished the damage started with a Sunday blaze that sent a woman to the hospital.
Martinez-Columbia Fire Rescue firefighters were called about 4:30 p.m. to 6251 Duke Road in Harlem after a neighbor saw flames coming from the residence.
The homeowner, Robert Crewsonberry, said he had recently checked into a nearby hotel room after retrieving his wife, Gloria, from an overnight stay at Doctors Hospital when he received a call telling him the home was on fire again.
Though no longer habitable, most of the seeable damage to the single-story home is confined to the right side and rear. The only evidence of damage to the front is a broken window, which Gloria Crewsonberry did with a footstool to escape the blaze.
She suffered some lung damage from smoke inhalation and cuts as she escaped through the shattered window, said Robert Crewsonberry, who is a firefighter in Burke County.
“We’re not worried about what we lost,” Crewsonberry said. “Things can be replaced.
“We’re just grateful this didn’t happen the night before. We have our grandsons on weekends. If this had happened Saturday, there would have been four boys in the house.”
Firefighters had been to the home the night before, about 11 p.m., because of a fire they believe started in an electrical panel.
The fire, thought to have been extinguished, apparently rekindled Monday afternoon and roared through the attic before firefighters brought it under control.
The cause of the blaze remains under investigation.