A mother and her two children found themselves homeless after a blaze destroyed their house late Sunday afternoon on the city’s southwestern end.
The Crouse Fire Department responded between 4:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. as the primary agency at the White Street home with mutual assistance from fire crews with Lincolnton, Howards Creek and South Fork, according to Lincoln County Fire Marshal Mike Futrell.
A neighbor saw flames and contacted 911. Shortly after, firefighters called the resident at Waffle House in Dallas where she works an evening shift, Futrell said.
Fire officials remain puzzled over what started the conflagration but said they think the fire originated in one of the home’s front rooms.
The woman’s two children had been staying with a grandmother for the night, and no one was at home when the flames abruptly broke out, Futrell said.
Due to personal belongings stored in the home that provided fuel, the fire burned for several hours on Sunday. “It burned all day,” Futrell said. “It was packed floor to ceiling in some of the rooms.”
The Fire Marshal’s Office and Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office are conducting an ongoing investigation into the incident.
While fire officials have yet to rule out arson in the case and are looking at all possible options, they have no evidence at this time suggesting foul play.
Firefighters were again summoned to the burned scene late Tuesday afternoon after the fire rekindled, Lincolnton’s Asst. Fire Chief Mitch Burgin said. Due to a number of hot spots that remain at the scene, fire officials anticipate additional rekindling in the near future.
The American Red Cross is currently assisting the family of three, providing a free room for them at the Comfort Inn in Lincolnton.
Emergency Medical Services additionally responded to the weekend incident.