Fire destroys Cool Springs Road farmhouse, cause still unconfirmed

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, November 19, 2014

WOODLEAF — Fire investigators are still working to determine the cause of a Monday afternoon fire that destroyed a Cool Springs Road farmhouse.

The fire occurred sometime around 2:30 p.m. after the homeowner noticed smoke coming from the nearly 100-year-old structure. The homeowner is listed as Tracy Nail, according to Rowan County property tax records.

The resident was home, said Rowan County Fire Investigator Deborah Horne, but had just walked outside when she noticed smoke coming from the home. She’d been having problems earlier with a light switch. She was about to head into town when she saw the smoke.

She called 911 and went back inside for her two dogs. She was able to get the dogs out. She lived there with her daughter and son-in-law. No one was injured during the fire.

Horne said no cause has been determined as of yet, but investigators believe the fire started in a bedroom wall. The home, known to many in the Woodleaf area as the Watson home, was built in 1922. The homeowners were in the midst of restoring the home.

Horne said the house was completely destroyed and the local chapter of the American Red Cross is assisting the family. The two-alarm fire was under control within 45 minutes.

Contact reporter Shavonne Potts at 704-797-4253.