Fire consumed two Lincoln County homes in separate incidents in recent days, forcing officials from the Fire Marshal’s Office to investigate each scene.
On Tuesday, crews from Denver, Pumpkin Center and East Lincoln Fire Departments responded to a blaze around 10 a.m. on the 6900 block of East N.C. 150, near Lebanon Church Road.
Flames were leaping from nearly 40 percent of the one-story brick home when firefighters arrived on scene, according to Dion Burleson, public information officer for Denver Fire Department.
“The rest of the structure had heavy smoke pumping out of it,” he said.
An elderly woman and her grandchild were inside the home at the time of the incident but were able to flee the fire without injury, asking a neighbor to contact 911, Burleson told the Times-News.
She discovered the fire after trying to make a call from her land-line phone and realized it wasn’t working, according to an agency press release.
Fire officials said the blaze started near an electrical panel on the home’s backside.
The structure has been deemed a “significant” but not total loss, Burleson said.
Sherrills Ford-Terrell Fire and Rescue was on stand-by at the Denver Fire Department during the incident.
Flames also devoured a mobile home Saturday morning on the county’s western end while owners vacationed at the beach, fire officials said.
The fire started in the home’s attic around 2:30 a.m., Lincoln County Fire Marshal Mike Futrell told the Times-News Monday morning.
Fire crews with Howards Creek Volunteer Fire Department were first to arrive on scene at the Shoal Road property.
“Smoke and fire were coming through the roof when we arrived,” Fire Chief Dusty Rudisill said. “It was well advanced even before we got there.”
Fire officials labeled the home a total loss.
A cause has yet to be determined, and an investigation into the blaze is ongoing.
“At this time, we have not ruled anything,” Futrell said.
Emergency Medical Services also responded with mutual aid from Crouse, North Brook and Union Fire Departments.