Fire at vacant Kannapolis home called suspicious

  • Posted: Wednesday, July 11, 2012 12:01 a.m.
    UPDATED: Wednesday, July 11, 2012 4:00 p.m.

Hugh Fisher
hfisher@salisburypost.com
KANNAPOLIS — An Eastway Avenue home was damaged late Tuesday in what Kannapolis Fire Department officials are calling a suspicious fire.
No one was hurt when the blaze erupted in the front rooms of the house at 546 Eastway Ave. shortly before 10:30 Tuesday night.
Division Chief Tracy Winecoff told the Post that the home was vacant, and that as he understood it, the house had recently been sold to a development company.
Because of that, and because there was no electrical service to the home, “at this point we are treating it as a suspicious fire and turning it over to the Kannapolis Police Department,” Winecoff said.
Late Tuesday, no investigator had been assigned.
Spotlights shining on the house showed smoke damage to the interior, along with several broken and scorched windows, and siding peeled back from around the eaves.
Even so, the house appeared largely intact and salvageable.
Firefighters responded about two minutes after the first call came in at 10:28 p.m.
In addition to Kannapolis Fire personnel, firefighters from Landis and Odell moved up to provide mutual aid.
Contact Hugh Fisher via the editor’s desk at 704-797-4244.

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