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Grifton home a total loss after fire

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A couple and their one-year-old daughter escape a mid-morning house fire.

It happened around 10:30 on Westwood Drive in Grifton.

The family was huddled in their car, with nowhere to go, and nothing but the clothes on their backs.

Miguel Parker said he was at home with his girlfriend and their one-year-old daughter. Their six-year-old daughter was at school.

Parker was cooking and says he walked away from the stove for a minute. When he turned back around, flames were everywhere.

"I tried to put the fire out but it picked up real fast. It got worse. So I really couldn't do much. I just got the kid, got my girlfriend and told them to get out as fast as I could," he said.

Parker tried to put the fire out with water. It's something firefighters say is a common mistake.

"If you spray water [on a grease fire] it makes it spread," said Grifton Community Fire Chief, Edward Meeks.

"I wasn't thinking at the time you couldn't put water on grease. I was just trying to do everything I could at the time," said Parker.

Instead, firefighters say you should use ice or baking powder.

Parker tells 9 on your side he did not have renters insurance.

The home is a total loss.

The Red Cross says they are helping the family find temporary housing.

The family's 3-year-old pit bull was also home at the time of the fire. With all the chaos, Parker says he's still not sure if the dog made it out alive.

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A man, woman and baby are safe after a morning fire.

It happened at a house on Westwood Drive in Grifton.

The man who lives in the home says they were cooking when the fire started. He says they grabbed everything fled the house as fast as they could.

Unfortunately, the family's dog was stuck inside.

The home is a total loss.

We'll have more on this story today at 5 and 6.


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