WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- Investigators have ruled a fire that destroyed the home of a 9/11 first responder Tuesday an accident.
Fire Marshal Raymond Griswold says the fire on Champlain Drive in New Hanover County is still under investigation. At this point, though, investigators believe it started in the attic, but they are not sure how.
The home belonged to Jimmy Kadnar, a retired New York firefighter who responded to the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. Kadnar had just left for work Tuesday when the fire started. His wife and their five children got out of the house safely.
Meanwhile, the community is rallying around the Kadnar family, who lost just about everything, by donating clothes, shoes, money and more.
"We're happy to have the clothes for the family, and we're taking everything, and right now we've got people that are taking the donations as we get them, but really the ones that will make the big difference are gift cards, and we've even had a $500 donation yesterday which made a huge difference for us," said Scott Britt, owner of Britt Motorsports on Market Street, which is one of the drop-off locations.
Donations will also be accepted all week at Mail Boxes Etc. in Monkey Junction and Dynamic Martial Arts at 5546 Carolina Beach Road.