Two hospitalized after fires in Cleveland, Rockwell

Published 12:15 am Saturday, May 23, 2015

Two people were transported to the hospital late Friday when separate fires on opposite ends of Rowan County burned a single-story residence and a manufacturing facility.

The first fire occurred just after 8 p.m. at Magna Composites on the 6700 block of Statesville Boulevard, between Salisbury and Cleveland. The second was a house fire on the 400 block of N.C. 152 that occurred just after 9 p.m.

In the Statesville Boulevard fire, Cleveland Community Fire Department Chief Kenny Payne said the manufacturing facility filled with smoke because of a fire in a confined pit. Multiple employees suffered from smoke inhalation and one person was transported from the manufacturing facility to the hospital. The extent of the person’s injuries were unclear late Friday night.

Payne said the manufacturing facility, which is an automotive supplier, had to be evacuated. The building also had to be aired out to remove smoke filling the facility.

He said the fire started and remained in a confined pit that’s a part of the facility’s operations.

In the N.C. 152 fire, Rockwell City Fire Chief Tim Linker said the fire was mostly confined to a single portion of the residence. The cause of the fire, however, was unclear late Friday.

Linker said one male lived in the house. The resident of the N.C. 152 house was the only one transported.

The extent of the male’s injuries were unclear late Friday. Linker said the male was breathing and conscious when transported to Rowan Regional Medical Center.

Contact reporter Josh Bergeron at 704-797-4246.