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Lincolnton firefighters battle blazes at business, home

JENNA-LEY HARRISON
Staff Writer

Lincolnton firefighters witnessed two serious fire calls earlier this week involving a residential outbuilding and a local industry building.
Lincolnton Fire Department responded to South Fork Industries, located on Elm Grove Road, around 7 a.m. Monday, Chief Mitch Burgin said.
Crews, assisted by North 321 Fire Department, spent four hours working the scene, after Burgin said excessive rain sparked an electrical fire inside the facility.
“Rain water entered from the roof or wall area,” he said, “and shorted out the main electrical panels…causing a large electrical malfunction and fire.”
Because the electrical hazard prevented firefighters from accessing the inside of the building to extinguish the flames, crews had to wait to act, allowing the building to fill with heavy smoke, fire officials said.
Duke Power crews later arrived on scene to secure the electricity, permitting firefighters to later enter the area safely.
Burgin predicted building suffered damage between $10,000 and $15,000, an amount that he believed would prompt the industry to be “out of service for some time.”
In an unrelated incident on Sunday, Lincolnton crews, with mutual aid from Boger City Volunteer Fire Department, responded to a residence around 11 a.m. at 871 Victory Grove Church Road.
The call regarded a fire in a shop/garage area behind the home, Burgin said. The resident was not at the property at the time.
Upon arrival, fire crews spotted flames ripping through the structure’s roof, completely destroying it. Firefighters left the scene around 2 p.m.
The Lincolnton Police Department is currently investigating the incident’s cause.
All contents inside the outbuilding were also destroyed in the blaze, fire officials said.

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