An Old Fort home was considered a total loss following a house fire that remains under investigation by fire officials.
At approximately 12:50 p.m. Wednesday, fire and emergency agencies responded to 345 Lavender Road in the Crooked Creek area after receiving reports of a structure fire in progress.
According to Lt. Randy Vess of the Crooked Creek Fire Department, the two-story home was fully involved and engulfed in flames by the arrival of fire units, blowing thick clouds of smoke into the surrounding area.
Homeowner Jordan Davis told The McDowell News that he was working in his garage when he heard yelling from outside.
“I was working in the garage, one of my buddies came outside and – I really don’t know – but he walked outside and said ‘Your chimney’s on fire!’” said Davis. “We ran inside to put it out and put ice in the chimney. I really don’t know.”
Davis said that he, the other four to five occupants and guests at the home and all of their animals – including 10 to 12 dogs – were not harmed in the fire.
Due to frequent traffic and the urgency of the fire, Lavender Road is currently closed to accommodate working agencies.
The home was considered a total loss, according to Vess. Fire agencies were still on scene by Thursday’s deadline. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
Crooked Creek, Old Fort, P.G., Sugar Hill-Montford Cove and Marion Fire Departments, McDowell EMS, McDowell Rescue Squad, Emergency Management, NC Forest Service, Duke Energy, McDowell County Sheriff’s Office and NC Highway Patrol were either dispatched to the scene or provided assistance.