Law enforcement, fire officials investigate Salisbury house fire

Published 10:29 am Tuesday, September 3, 2019

By Shavonne Walker

SALISBURY — Rowan County law enforcement and fire officials say a Friday morning house fire was intentionally set.

A neighbor saw flames coming from the front porch and notified the occupants, who were able to get out without injury.

The fire was reported at 1:15 a.m. Friday at 335 Ranchwood Drive, located off Poole and Providence Church roads. The neighbor told authorities he was coming home from a friend’s house when he saw the porch on fire. He approached the home and was able to awaken the occupants and get them out of the home.

According to a report, investigators initially believed the fire was caused by a nearby outdoor grill. Then an investigator discovered a plastic jug that contained gasoline on the porch. Investigators seized the plastic jug and collected other evidence, including wood from the porch.

The fire marshal said the blaze was ruled arson.

The occupants said they had lived in the home less than a year and have no known enemies.

Investigators estimated there was about $1,000 worth of damage to the home.