Man dies in Kannapolis fire

Published 6:20 pm Thursday, January 13, 2022

KANNAPOLIS — A fire claimed the life of a man in Kannapolis this afternoon.

Firefighters responded to an abandoned commercial building, which had formerly been a discount grocery store, at 802 Sumner Avenue, after multiple calls came into 911 reporting a fire. The location is just off South Cannon Boulevard not far from the intersection with Dale Earnhardt Boulevard.

As firefighters worked to extinguish the fire they found an unresponsive male, Christopher Casey, 41, inside. He was rescued from the building but CPR attempts failed and he was pronounced dead at the scene.

Kannapolis fire marshals and Kannapolis Police investigators are investigating the cause of the fire.

Concord Fire, Coldwater and Odell volunteer fire departments assisted Kannapolis firefighters.

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