While families relaxed cozy in their homes Wednesday evening savoring the last hours of Christmas Day, seven eastern Lincoln County residents watched their home burn to pieces.
East Lincoln Fire Department responded first to the blazing incident just after 6:30 p.m. at Ivey Meadow Lane in Stanley, Asst. Fire Chief Mike Turner said.
One couple, their four children and a grandmother were inside the house at the time of the incident.
The department received mutual aid from various other fire agencies in Lincoln, Gaston and Mecklenburg Counties.
Flames in the fireplace sparked a chimney fire, which later spread to the home’s attic, fire crews said, making the situation more challenging for first responders to fight the flames.
Because the residence is located on the side of N.C. 73 without hydrants, firefighters were forced to seek outside water sources to extinguish flames ripping through the two-story brick home, Turner said.
Crews called on Gaston County’s tanker squad, comprised of agencies in Ranlo, Alexis, East Gaston and beyond, to supply water to the home.
“We had trucks everywhere ready to respond with water,” Turner said.
Fire officials estimated between 12 and 15 trucks, together carrying at least 50 firefighters, showed up to the scene.
Denver and Huntersville Fire Departments provided additional assistance; crews with Lincoln County Emergency Medical Services and the Fire Marshal’s Office also flocked to the property.
There were no injuries in the incident.
Because the home suffered significant fire, water and smoke damage, Turner estimated it to be a total loss.
Residents are currently staying with nearby family members, fire officials said.
Crews remained on scene until midnight.