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Winds fuel fire that destroys two homes, damages two others in Union Co.

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MONROE, NC (WBTV) -

Firefighters in Union County say 11 people were displaced after a fire destroyed two homes and damaged two others Wednesday night.

Union County Fire Officials say the fire started around 11:45 in the attic area of a home the 2000 block of Secret Garden Court.

Nicole Deberry says she felt helpless watching her best friend's mother's home go up in flames.

"My heart breaks for them," said Deberry. "I really feel bad for my best friend and her family."

Fire officials say 35 mile-per-hour wind gusts sent embers flying to surrounding homes, completely destroying two homes and damaging two others, including Deberry's who lives two doors down.

"With the wind, it literally just carried it from the house of origin to the adjacent homes," said Union County Deputy Fire Marshal Jon Williams.

All of the families made it out safely and no one was hurt.

"Things can be replaced, people can't. We're blessed we have each other and we'll see them through it," said Deberry.

Union County Fire officials are still trying to figure out exactly how the fire started. 

Two homes were completely destroyed and two others were heavily damaged.

The 11 people who lived in the homes are staying with family members, according to the fire marshal's office.

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