A wildfire burning in the mountains of North Carolina has destroyed a holiday farm, destroyed the family home and left more than 100 animals homeless.
The fire that started Sunday is estimated to be about 1,200 acres.
The fire is burning near Richardsons Farm, which is located on the eastern edge of the state about 35 miles (55 kilometers) north of Raleigh.
It’s not known how many homes have been destroyed and if anyone has been injured.
Richardson Farm is about 100 acres in size and is owned by a family of nine, according to the North Carolina Department of Agriculture.
The home was constructed in 1900 and had been used for decades as a farm, according the agency.
The Richardsens have lived on the property for about 20 years, according a news release from the state Department of Natural Resources.
The family has been unable to get out because the fire has grown so fast, DNR spokesman Bob Nix said.
“The flames were going so fast that the fire was taking a lot of trees out of the way, which were already in a ravine,” Nix told CNN.
“There’s no way we could have done it without that fire.”
Richardsons wife, Joanne, has been trying to find a place to live while her children are in school.
She said she hopes to eventually sell the farm and start a family.
“I want to get this back to a good state of preservation and hopefully it will help keep my children and grandchildren safe,” Joanne said.
The farm was built in 1900, and it is believed the family moved in a decade ago.
The family was able to keep it in good condition and use it as a campground.
“We are going to do everything we can to make sure that the farm is safe and that we can continue to enjoy the memories of the past,” Joanna said.
Richardons Farm is owned and operated by the North Cascades Forest Products Cooperative.
It has been operating since 2001.