• 66°

Fire investigator: Cause of two early morning Rowan County fires undetermined

By Shavonne Walker

shavonne.walker@salisburypost.com

A Rowan County fire investigator says two early Thursday morning fires in Rockwell and Granite Quarry, respectively, remain undetermined. One of the homes was vacant and the other was called in by the homeowner, who evacuated safely.

According to investigator Mark Troublefield, a mobile home at 714 China Grove Highway, Rockwell, just off Rogers Street, caught fire sometime around 2 a.m. The owner said she had not lived on the property in two months. The mobile home was completely reduced to rubble except for one wall that remained, Troublefield said.

He said since the home was so damaged there’s “no way to tell what caused the fire.” A neighbor spotted the flames and called 911. The following fire agencies responded — Rockwell City, Rockwell Rural, Faith, Granite Quarry, Gold Hill, Bostian Heights, Liberty, Union, South Salisbury and Pooletown. Additionally, Rowan EMS and Rowan Rescue Squad responded.

Fire crews returned to the mobile home around 6 a.m. after a remaining wall reignited from burning embers.

The second fire occurred around 2:30 a.m. at 329 Crowell Lane, off Brookwood Drive, in Granite Quarry. The homeowner woke up to the smell of smoke. He called 911 to say there was a fire in his basement.

He was the only one at the home was able to get out of the home without injury. Fire investigators determined the fire originated on a workbench and was caused by some type of small appliance. The fire was contained to the basement, but is still under investigation.

The following agencies responded: Granite Quarry, Union, South Salisbury, Rockwell City and Salisbury City fire departments, as well as the American Red Cross, Rowan County Fire Marshal’s Office, Rowan County EMS and Rowan Rescue Squad.

Comments

Nation/World

Pared-down infrastructure bill’s price tag: $1.2 trillion

Business

More than 40 employers slated to attend West End Plaza job fair

News

Annual state farm bill nears final approval by lawmakers

News

After Senate rejection, Cooper picks new environment leader

East Spencer

East Spencer adopts $5.46 million budget with no tax hike; federal funding will help improve water system

Education

RSS ranks fourth in state for career, technical credential attainment, beating Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools

Nation/World

Death toll likely to rise after collapse of Florida condo

Davie

Three Rivers Land Trust conserves 250 acres of land in Davie County

Coronavirus

Biden makes stop in Raleigh for vaccination event

Business

Rowan-Cabarrus Community College unveils tenants, training partners at Advanced Technology Center

Crime

Blotter: Salisbury man charged with drug, assault crimes

Local

City of Salisbury to resume normal operations, return to in-person council meetings

Local

Dreams of flight become reality at ASCEND summer camp

Local

Base salary for SPD officers increases to nearly $42,000 next week

News

‘He loved people:’ Larry Ford leaves behind legacy of legal achievement, community service

Local

Statewide pickleball tournament at Catawba College in September expected to draw hundreds of visitors

Local

Resources still available for those dealing with lingering impacts of pandemic

Education

Shoutouts: Misenheimer completes master’s degree in Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College

Education

State expands Principal of the Year to charter schools

High School

All-county baseball team: Norris Award winner Honeycutt made the most of a dozen games

Education

Partners in learning raises $3.2 million for new facility

Education

Tar Heel Boys State creates miniature government at Catawba College

News

NC medical marijuana legalization gets hearing in Senate

News

N. Carolina bill ending extra $300 benefits heads to Cooper