VALE â€” Officials are still trying to determine the cause of a fire that destroyed a house in western Lincoln County Monday evening.
The fire broke out at 6454 Sain Milling Road at about 5:15 p.m. Monday, said Kelly Yount, captain of the Union Volunteer Fire Department.
Three other departments assisted Union in fighting the blaze, Yount said.
Howardâ€™s Creek, North Brook and Propst Crossroads from Catawba County responded.
When fire departments arrived on the scene, there was heavy smoke billowing from the house, Yount said.
Five people were inside when the fire broke out, he said.
The homeowners â€” a husband and wife â€” and three children were in the house, but no one was injured.
According to Lincoln County tax records, the home was owned by Steve Castillo.
The fire destroyed the one-story brick house, Yount said. One side of the home is caved in and many of the familyâ€™s belongings lay strewn around the burned house. Yellow fire tape is strung from tree to tree.
The cause of the fire is still unknown.
Fire officials said it appears to be accidental but an investigation is still underway to figure out just what happened.
â€œIt appears to be accidental, but the cause is undetermined,â€ Yount said.by Alice Smith