Retired 9/11 firefighter's home destroyed by fire

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) - The home of a retired 9/11 firefighter was destroyed Tuesday morning by fire in New Hanover County.

The fire started around 7:00 a.m. in the 7400 block of Champlain Drive.  Jim Kadnar was not home at the time, but his wife and five children were inside.  All of them escaped unharmed.

Kadnar was one of the first responders to arrive at the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.  Kadnar worked at Ground Zero for days after the tragedy.  He since retired to the Wilmington area and just last month led a motorcade into Wilmington that showcased two I-beams from the World Trade Center.

Watch our story with Kadnar on the I-beam tour in June

The fire this morning burned so quickly that firefighters say they had to work to save the neighboring homes at the same time.   The cause remains under investigation. remains on the scene gathering information.  Keep clicking on this story for updated information as soon as it becomes available.

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