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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Flames destroyed a Wilmington home with residents inside after a pot was left unattended in the kitchen.

It happened at 709 S. 9th St. just after 12:15 a.m. Tuesday.

According to fire crews, the house was fully engulfed when they arrived, but the 3 residents managed to get out before anyone was hurt.

One of the residents who escaped says she was cooking when she went to check on her baby.

Battalion Chief Born says crews determined the fire started was accidental, caused by unattended cooking.

The total damage is estimated at $80,000.

Born says the man, woman and infant are staying with friends.

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