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Firefighters investigate fire that destroyed house

SALISBURY ó The Salisbury Fire Department is investigating a blaze that destroyed at vacant house on Lutheran Synod Drive on Tuesday night.
Salisbury Fire Chief Bob Parnell said the structure was fully involved when firefighters arrived at 1428 Lutheran Synod Drive, across from Salisbury Moving and Storage, about 10 p.m.
Although the house has been deemed a total loss, Parnell said the blaze was under control quickly and firefighters were able to prevent it from spreading to another building.
Despite word from Salisbury Police that people had been staying in the house, Parnell said there was no one inside at the time of the fire.
ěAfter the fire was knocked down, our firefighters searched it completely and found nobody,î he said.
Parnell said the fire will remain under investigation.
ěItís going to be very difficult to determine where or how the fire started,î he said.
Parnell said because of its close proximity to Interstate 85, the county 911 center received between 30 and 40 calls about the blaze before firefighters arrived at the scene.
All four Salisbury fire departments, Granite Quarry Fire Department and the Rowan County Rescue Squad responded to the scene.

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