One person dead in China Grove house fire

Published 10:28 pm Tuesday, December 19, 2017

By Jessica Coates

CHINA GROVE — One person is dead after a fire broke out in a house on Concordia Church Road in China Grove on Tuesday night.

Atwell Volunteer Fire Department Public Information Officer Frank Greene said the firefighter who discovered the fire saw “heavy smoke” in the area before finding the house about 7 p.m.

When firefighters responded, they found a person dead inside the house. Greene said the victim was the only person in the house at the time of the fire. He said the victim lived in the house.

Greene said the fire started inside the house and that smoke was escaping through the eaves.

The case is under investigation by the Rowan County Fire Marshall’s Office and the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office, Greene said.

At least four volunteer fire departments responded to the fire: Atwell, West Rowan, Locke and Landis. Greene estimated that 30 to 40 first responders were on the scene.

The Rowan Rescue Squad, Sheriff’s Office and Fire Marshall’s Office also responded.