Following a line of weekend storms that terrorized the area, fire officials blamed a lightning strike for a blaze that destroyed an unoccupied residence earlier this week on the county’s western end.
According to Lincoln County Deputy Fire Marshal & Deputy Emergency Management Coordinator Bill Summers, a residence on Ward Road, off Canslar Road in the Howards Creek area, burned to the ground just after 2 a.m. Monday.
Fire crews from primary responding agency Union Fire Department in Vale told the Times-News on Tuesday morning that the home had been built in the early 1900s and had remain unoccupied for more than a decade.
Owner Shelia Avery expressed dismay at the loss of a significant piece of history. She said her family had hoped to restore the structure.
Summers added that large flames were protruding from the wooden-framed farmhouse when firefighters arrived on scene.
Additional agencies responded to the scene with water tankers including fire departments from North Brook, Howards Creek, Lincolnton, North 321 and Crouse.
The home has been deemed a total loss.