• 61°

Fire damages western Rowan home

By Sarah Nagem
snagem@salisburypost.com
Investigators were trying to determine what caused a fire at a farmhouse in West Rowan County Saturday night.
No one was in the home at 2035 Mt. Tabor Church Road when the fire broke out in the kitchen, said John Morrison, chief of the West Rowan Volunteer Fire Department.
Investigators found an electrical wire damaged outside the home of farmhand Mirna Guevara, Morrison said. The broken wire could have created an electrical surge inside the house that started the fire, he said.
“That’s my suspicions right now,” Morrison said.
Firefighters responded to the home around 8:50 p.m. and got the blaze under control in about five minutes, he said.
Guevara and her two daughters live in the two-story house, Morrison said.
Guevara milks cows on the farm, which is owned by Ernestine Hoffner and her family. Hoffner said Guevara and her daughters have lived on the farm four or five years.
One daughter, a teenager, is paralyzed as a result of an automobile wreck, Morrison said.
“She was hurt real bad in an accident a few years ago,” he said. “We’ve been out here several times on medical calls.”
No one at the fire knew where Guevara or her daughters were.
Although the fire started in the kitchen, Morrison said the stove was not to blame. The burners were turned off.
Most of the fire damage was contained to the kitchen, although other areas of the house sustained water damage.
Many of the family’s possessions in the bedrooms are salvageable, Morrison said.
He said the family had been in the process of moving into a trailer next to the house because the house was in poor condition.
The Cleveland, Wayside and Shepherds fire departments also responded.

Comments

Comments closed.

Business

‘It’s our big time’: Salisbury Farmers Market reopens Saturday

Education

Schools capital funding still frozen as RSS sends local budget to county

Business

Shields, Cheerwine Festival receive N.C. Main Street Awards

Kannapolis

Duke University launches kidney disease study in Kannapolis for people of African descent

Education

Horizons Unlimited will hold in-person summer camps

Education

Education briefs: Catawba planning for more in-person activities, free summer school tuition

Coronavirus

County’s full COVID-19 vaccinations top 22,600

High School

High school golf: With Merrell, Mustangs back on top

Local

Spencer investigating rat problem on South Iredell Street

News

Livingstone, Mission House Church to host national ‘Black Voters Matter’ listening session

Education

Shoutouts

Business

Groundbreaking on Pennant Square signals next phase in downtown Kannapolis revitalization

Nation/World

J&J vaccine to remain in limbo while officials seek evidence

Nation/World

Prosecutors: No charges for officer in Capitol riot shooting

Nation/World

Biden to pull US troops from Afghanistan, end ‘forever war’

Nation/World

Former Minnesota cop charged in shooting of Black motorist

Crime

Blotter: April 14

Elections

Former North Carolina Gov. McCrory enters US Senate race

Crime

Salisbury woman arrested in Myrtle Beach for abducting child

Health

County updates health director job description, will advertise for position

High School

High school tennis: East beats Carson, still hopes to share NPC title

Elections

Board of Elections to purchase upgraded voting equipment using federal grant

Kannapolis

Kyle Seager drives in winning run in first game as Mariners split doubleheader with Orioles

Local

City exhausts this year’s funds for Innes Street Improvements, Municipal Services District grant programs