• 57°

West Innes Street home destroyed by fire, but homeowner gets out safely with puppy

By Shavonne Walker

shavonne.walker@salisburypost.com

SALISBURY — A Salisbury home was destroyed early Thursday morning following a chimney fire, displacing the couple who’d only lived there a few months, according to the Rowan County Fire Marshal’s Office.

A passerby spotted flames at the home, located at 3367 West Innes St., not far from North Hills Christian School, around 7 a.m. and called 911. The homeowner, who was home, managed to get herself and a puppy out without injuries.

Multiple firefighters tackled the fire from inside until they realized the home had a drop ceiling that prevented them from gaining quick access to the attic space, said Salisbury Fire Battalion Chief Shawn McBride.

Part of the roof collapsed, McBride said. Firefighters then moved into a defensive mode, he said, and attacked the fire from outside the home. Once it was deemed safe and some of the fire was extinguished, they returned inside to continue to poke through parts of the ceiling to gain access to the rest of the fire.

Once fire crews arrived, there was already fire coming from the roof on the back part of the home, he said. Hours after the fire, crews continued to shuttle water from the nearest hydrant at North Hills Christian School. Firefighters remained at the home to douse the roof area with more water as small flames flared near the attic area.

Fire Division Chief Deborah Horne said the homeowner had lit a fire in a wood stove and the fire started in the chimney wall. Horne said the family had moved into the home recently and were not aware of when the chimney had been last cleaned. The couple had insurance, Horne said.

The following agencies responded to the fire scene: Franklin, Locke, Spencer, Cooleemee, Jerusalem, Woodleaf, Ellis Cross Country fire departments as well as Rowan County Rescue Squad and Rowan EMS. No one was taken to the hospital, but an ambulance responded as a precaution. The local chapter of the American Red Cross assisted the families.

Contact reporter Shavonne Walker at 704-797-4253.

Comments

East Spencer

East Spencer draws crowd for annual community day

Elections

In Rowan’s legislative races, Howard, Warren get off to strongest start in fundraising

Business

From Navy SEAL to Medicare agent, Trent Waller looks to continue serving his community

Elections

In 13th Congressional District race, Budd, Huffman differ on government’s role in COVID-19 help

Local

Rowan County Telecommunications joins new state digital 911 system

Education

School board will consider scheduling public hearings for Faith, Enochville closures

Business

Biz Roundup: Food Lion makes donation to support racial equality and justice

Elections

Republicans rally supporters at Saturday lunch

Elections

Budd holds wide lead over Huffman in fundraising, cash on hand

BREAKING NEWS

UPDATED: 1 shot, 5 in custody after shooting at haunted house that attracted 1,000 visitors

Nation/World

Trump picks conservative Amy Coney Barrett to fill Supreme Court seat

Coronavirus

Deadly September propels Rowan County to 100 deaths from COVID-19

Crime

Highway Patrol charges man in hit-and-run after finding vehicle hidden in woods

Elections

NC elections board, Republicans at odds over absentee ballot rule changes

News

Voters struggling with witness rules in early voting

News

Trump expected to announce conservative Amy Coney Barrett for Supreme Court

Coronavirus

County reports COVID-19 percent positive rate of 8%

Local

Rowan County United Way sets $1.5 million goal at drive-in kickoff event

Crime

Blotter: Adult daughters accused of beating up mother

China Grove

China Grove firefighters injured after truck overturns

Business

Salisbury VA to reopen entry, exit gates

Crime

Sheriff’s Office looking for suspect in Burlington Coat Factory theft

Elections

Requests for absentee ballots top 9,000 in Rowan

Local

Spencer approves supplemental USDA loan for Park Plaza project