Fire officials are investigating what started a blaze that incinerated a former Lincoln County grocery store Wednesday afternoon.
The incident occurred sometime between noon and 1 p.m. at a storage building, previously Rinks Grocery, located at 4376 Maiden Highway, authorities said.
Crews with North 321 Fire Department noted that flames were leaping out of the buildingâ€™s windows when they arrived on scene.
They said tankers were additionally called to the site to help extinguish the large-scale fire, which Fire Marshal Mike Futrell said appeared to have started in the ceiling area of the first floor before spreading to the buildingâ€™s second floor.
No one lived in the building, authorities said. Futrell noted that the owner had been using the building to store personal tools and other household items.
Additional responding agencies included firefighters from Boger City, Lincolnton, South Fork and Pumpkin Center along with Lincoln County Emergency Medical Services, Lincoln County Rescue Squad and the Lincoln County Sheriffâ€™s Office.
The Fire Marshalâ€™s Office is conducting an ongoing investigation into the blaze. The building is not considered a total loss.