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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.

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  • DKC718

    Imagine waking up and realizing that your home is on fire and you have to somehow get your small children out of the house….
    Imagine receiving a phone call from your wife saying you need to come home from work because your home has just burnt to the ground…
    Imagine being little again watching your house burn down…
    No toys….clothes….shoes…photographs, family heirlooms…nothing…just a pile of ash….

    Now imagine reading a news article about the disaster that just impacted your family and seeing all the comments from all the heartless jerks out there…
    Imagine people putting you down for being part of 911, thinking your “playing” it up…

    The things that are being said on here are terrible and rude. These people just lost everything they ever had. They feel bad enough…they dont need all of you making them feel worse.

    To all of those that have written nice things on here and tried to put the jerks in their place, thank you. Thank you for realizing the tragedy at hand. Im sure the Kadnar family appreciates it, just as Im sure they appreciate everything the community has been doing to help them out.

    To all of you that have written nasty, heartless things on here…good luck in the future. I am a strong believer in karma. You would never want to be in their situation…you should think of that before you open your big mouths.

    Anbd lastly to the media…this is your fault. YOU are the ones “playing” up the 911 angle, not the Kadnars.

    Leave this poor family alone and let them get thru this.

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