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Fire at firefighter's home ruled an accident


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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To Complaining

Here's hoping you are never in the Kadnar's position! Maybe you would come across the same way. The stress level when you face the possibility of having had your beautiful children burned to death by a collapsing ceiling probably may lead you to phrase things differently than you intended. So get off your high horse and keep your check!!

Love it!

Well said!!

Take your check and shove it, your a rude.


see where this guy is complaining now about NHC....I have a GREAT idea...LEAVE AND MOVE BACK NORTH!!! Take some yankee buddies with you!

Kadnar's Loss

First, all you people that have never put your life on the line in the Fire service need to shut up before everyone realizes how dumb you really are. This man and his family lost everything in this fire and his concern is that when the county took over the volunteer services, they lost about 80% of the people and equipment that was already in place to protect the neighborhood he lives in. It is not the fire fighters that caused the equipment to leave the area and be reallocated to other neighborhoods, it is the politicians and heads of the NHC Fire Dept. that did this to the entire county.

I also want to say that I am extremely disappointed that our supposed news source even allows this crap to be published!


FYI...I have spent MANY years both as a volunteer and paid FF....try again.

I find it hard to believe

I find it hard to believe you were a FF. A man loses his home & nearly his family and you post despicable remarks & say go home Yankee. FF's do their job because they have huge hearts, compassion, humanity...all characteristics you apparently lack.
I only hope you are no longer in the FireService because I would hate to think of your cold heart responding to a family in tragedy. If you are still in, it's time for a psych eval because it seems you have become quite hardened.



Great idea, don't have much

Great idea, don't have much to pack and the move would be easy.These 9-11 people think we all owe them some debt, bull..We owe the soldiers overseas.Tired of hearing all the 9-11 stuff getting old, give it a rest, go on with life like the rest of us do.Like guest7969 said if you don't like it here LEAVE. GO BACK TO NY, PLAY THE HERO THERE

So Tired of Ignorance...

What an arrogant,rude and heartless person you are to tell a family that has just lost everything they won't have much to pack. You should be ashamed of yourself.
Jimmy is a hero...I'm sure your sorry ass wouldn't run into a burning have a lot of nerve putting this man down.
You may not like comments Jimmy has made about the town but the poor guy lost his house and everything in it and he is very lucky he didn't lose his wife and kids. The fire hydrant was in fact 2000 feet away so he is not wrong in saying that.
You better hope you never have to experience what this family has been thru, then again karma is a bitch, good luck to you!


time I checked...hydrants WERENT mandatory fire fighting equipment....its why FD's have TANKER TRUCKS and dump tanks....a hydrant MAY or MAY NOT have changed the outcome here....

Him throwing blame around isn't helping the attitude.

When the county took over

When the county took over the volunteer stations they moved the tanker trucks to the other side of the county. So tanker trucks WEREN'T an option because they WEREN'T there. Hydrants may not be mandatory but last time I checked water damn sure is!
Let it be known that including Jimmy's house there was upwards of 100,000 gallons of water immediately available from swimming pools all within 2-3 houses of the Kadnar's. There are 2 ponds within 1500 feet. The county fire service has no portable pumps or operations for drafting from these type supplies. That is what Jimmy is upset about. Instead of looking at his comments as throwing blame, look at them as they're intended, to help FF's and the community. None of the solutions can be brought on if the problems aren't recognized. Jimmy could easily be sitting back saying poor me, but instead he is stepping up and trying to keep this from happening to another family in our county.

Guess what...this 9-11 hero

Guess what...this 9-11 hero also served OUR country in the Marine Corps. Did his time there as well. Can you say the same? Have you ever done a single charitable or civic duty in your lifetime. He never once said he didn't like it here. What is so wrong with trying to improve a system for the welfare of all New Hanover County residents. Before you play the North versus South, go home Yankee game how about remembering we are citizens of the United States of America. Good grief, talk about giving something a rest and go on with life. Take your own advice rebel.

You are an idiot!. NOT ONCE

You are an idiot!. NOT ONCE has he EVER asked for help, nor pushed the fact he is from NYFD and a HERO! that was and IS the media. DONT bash him for this. He is also former USMC and served our country just like many. Give respect where is it needed, and honestly why comment? If is means so little, shut your mouth and get a life. Leave the people here a lone that are good people.


I hope you never face this kind of devastation in your life regardless of how ignorant your comments sound. Maybe you should grow up and spend a little less time criticizing a family in crisis.

That is ignorant

That is ignorant

Something smells fishy.

I truly hope this incident is thoroughly investigated and not dropped because of the 9-11 connection. Things are not adding up. I shudder to think that 5 innocent children may have died in this fire. Officials need to make certain that there was no foul play involved, for the sake of the children.

Are You Kidding Me?

I cant even believe that you could make a comment like this. What do you think the Kadnars purposely burned their house down and risked endangering the lives of their small children?!? You sound like a complete moron making a statement like this.
I dont understand why everyone is making this about 911...this is about a family losing their home. Mr Kadnar isnt trying to play up 911...the media is...blame the media.

Yes, he is ignorant. Like I

Yes, he is ignorant. Like I said before, Which Interstate goes to Idiotville, you lost another Villager. We can meet them and send them both home together.