Police are still investigating what started a fire that consumed a Lincolnton residence early Sunday morning while residents were out of town.
Lincolnton Fire Department and Boger City Volunteer Fire Department responded to the site, located at 504 Huss Street.
Fire crews said they witnessed smoke and heavy flames flying through the single-story home’s roof and a back bedroom when they arrived on scene around 3:30 a.m.
The home’s four residents, a couple and two children, ages 5 and 7, were out of town at the time of the blaze, Lincolnton Fire Chief Mitch Burgin said.
Firefighters were on scene for six hours battling flames and cleaning up the property.
While Burgin said the fire was contained to only one bedroom, the entire residence suffered smoke and heat damage.
Still under investigation, the incident is being looked into by the Lincolnton Police Department’s Detective Dennis Harris.
As of late Monday morning, a cause had yet to be determined, Harris said.
While the home has not been deemed a “total loss,” Burgin said, the residence will need to be “totally reconditioned” before the family can return.