The Lincoln County Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating a blaze that gutted an abandoned home Monday morning on the county’s eastern end, firefighters said.
Crews from East Lincoln, Denver and Huntersville Fire Departments responded to the home just after 7 a.m. and said they spotted most of the flames coming from the center of the residence, located on Unity Church Road.
Firefighters had to strip away the home’s metal siding in order to extinguish fire located inside the walls’ insulation, East Lincoln Fire Chief Tim Tench said.
Tench told the Times-News the home has been vacant for at least a year.
The cause of the incident has yet to be determined, but fire officials aren’t ready to call the incident an act of arson.
According to Deputy Emergency Management Coordinator Bill Summers, just because no one had been living inside the unsecured home at the time of the blaze doesn’t mean someone intentionally and maliciously set fire to the structure.
He said a homeless person could have been staying inside the mobile home, and at first, started a controlled fire to keep warm. Another possibility is that someone could have been smoking near the home, Summers said.
The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office is assisting the Fire Marshal’s Office in investigating the mysterious incident.