Two people were displaced from their Lincolnton home early Thursday morning following a mysterious blaze, fire officials said.
Firefighters believe the incident stemmed from a pick-up truck at the property just before 3:40 a.m. on Shady Lane, according to Lincolnton Fire Chief Mitch Burgin.
Flames gutted the truck and also spread to the home’s garage and kitchen.
A carport and laundry room were also extensively damaged.
Four dogs barking inside the home at the time alerted two sleeping residents to the fire, Burgin said.
One of the individuals told fire officials that during a check of the animals, he spotted smoke coming through the kitchen door and fire outside a kitchen window.
Boger City Volunteer Fire Department assisted Lincolnton in the incident.
All crews cleared the scene by 6 a.m., Burgin said.
While one of the dogs suffered minor burns to the head, the animal is expected to be OK, Burgin said.
A second dog has yet to be accounted for, according to firefighters, and is believed to have run away from the scene.
The exact cause of the fire remains unknown.