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Fire destroys 150-year-old house

By Shavonne Potts
spotts@salisburypost.com
GOLD HILL — Firefighters had to remove a tin roof on a 150-year-old house that burned to the ground early Friday morning before they were able to fight the fire.
An unoccupied home at 145 Barber Road, near Morgan and High Rock roads, off U.S. 52, caught fire sometime around midnight.
“The people living there moved out about two weeks ago,” said Charles Miller, public information officer for East Gold Hill Fire Department.
Miller said the roof had to be moved out of the way before firefighters could get to the wood structure underneath. It took fire officials about three hours to get the fire under control and between 9,000 and 10,000 gallons of water.
“We are just getting back in. We had a couple of hot spots,” Miller said shortly before 11 Friday morning.
The Rowan County Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating to determine a cause.
According to Miller, the house is owned by Tim Agner.
“There’s nothing left,” Miller said.
Other departments also aided Gold Hill, Miller said, which include Liberty, Rockwell Rural, Richfield-Misenheimer and Pooletown fire departments.
See Saturday’s Post for more details.
Contact reporter Shavonne Potts at 704-797-4253.

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