Cause of Wednesday night Kannapolis house fire still under investigation

Published 12:00 am Friday, April 8, 2016

KANNAPOLIS — The cause of a Stonewyck Avenue house fire is still under investigation, just a day after three people were displaced.

The fire began just after 10 p.m. Wednesday after emergency personnel received multiple calls about fire being visible from several blocks away. Fire units arrived on the scene within five minutes to heavy fire and smoke coming from the garage extending into the third floor, fire officials said in a press release.

Neighbors told Kannapolis firefighters they didn’t know where the occupants were and so fire personnel immediately went inside looking for any possible trapped victims. Additional fire personnel arrived to fight the blaze.

Officials had to call for additional resources because of the possibility of victims inside, the fire conditions and heavy smoke, which made it a two-alarm fire. Although the home did sustain significant damage, the residents escaped the fire and were able to get to safety as the fire crews arrived.

Fire personnel from Concord Fire, Landis Fire and Odell Fire departments responded to the scene to assist with fire ground operations. Cabarrus County EMS assisted on scene with medical monitoring of fire personnel. Crews remained on scene for a good portion of the night and early morning looking for hot spots and assisting the occupants.

Coldwater Volunteer Fire Department and Enochville Volunteer Fire Department provided district coverage, as well.

Fire personnel said the home suffered significant damage to the garage and attic. American Red Cross was on scene to assist the family.