House fire on Godbey Road

Published 10:22 am Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Staff report

Multiple fire departments responded to a mobile home fire at 1475 Godbey Road, which had flames coming from the front and back door when responders first arrived.

The renter was not present at the time. Fire officials said she left several minutes before the fire was reported. The fire started in the right side of the home where the kitchen is located, but it is not clear at this time what caused the fire, said Woodleaf Fire Chief Artie Watson.

The fire was initially reported around 9 a.m. and fire crews made a quick response. Watson estimates the house may have been burning for at least 15 minutes before the crews arrived.

Watson said firefighters went inside the mobile home, but quickly backed out, instead going from a defensive mode because there was concern the roof would collapse with the amount of fire inside. Firefighters continued to put out hot spots and had to put a hole in the roof to vent the structure.

The fire burned a hole in the right side of the home’s roof.

The fire spread into the attic and then moved suddenly throughout the rest of the home.

Initial fire response was made by Woodleaf Fire, Cleveland Fire, Locke Fire and Franklin Fire departments, but when a second alarm was called Rowan-Iredell Fire and Salisbury City Fire departments provided added manpower.

Rowan County Rescue Squad and the Rowan County Fire Marshal’s Office also responded to the scene.

The fire was under control within 45 minutes, but firefighters continued to put out hot spots.

Fire crews hauled gallons of water from hydrants on Park Road near Magna Composites.

The Hanford Dole Chapter of the American Red Cross is assisting the tenant.

Contact reporter Shavonne Walker at 704-797-4253.