A local family is without a home after flames tore through their southeastern Lincoln County residence Tuesday morning, killing four of their six dogs, fire officials said.
The incident took place around 4:30 a.m. at 893 Killian Farm Road in Stanley, according to East Lincoln Fire Chief Tim Tench.
It was difficult for him to remember what area of the home contained more smoke and fire when he arrived on scene due to the structure’s high volume of flames.
“It was all pretty well burning,” Tench said.
Residents were not at home at the time but were staying with family members in the area, fire officials noted.
A neighbor spotted the flames and called 911, Tench said.
Crews with Huntersville Fire Department and Mt. Holly’s Lucia Riverbend Fire Department provided East Lincoln with mutual aid. Emergency Medical Services also responded to the scene, but no injuries were reported.
Tench said firefighters battled the blaze for more than two hours.
The Lincoln County Fire Marshal’s Office and Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office are conducting a joint investigation into the incident — the cause of which remains unknown.
The American Red Cross is assisting the family.