On Thursday, state and local investigators determined the cause of a fire that destroyed an Old Fort home was electrical.

At 6:10 p.m. on Wednesday, multiple fire departments and emergency crews responded to 1885 Old Fort-Sugar Hill Road and found a home emblazoned with flames.

Homeowner Chris Pullium was in the house when the fire started, and transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries, officials said. Of the 55 emergency personnel on the scene, no injuries were reported.

“First units arrived and found fire through the roof of the attached garage running into the large attic, and fire running through the attic all just within a few minutes,” said Old Fort Police Chief Ron Richardson. “The whole roof structure was damaged by fire, but still standing. Different portions of the house were damaged by heat and smoke.”

Early on Thursday, agents with the NC State Bureau of Investigation, McDowell County Fire Marshal and McDowell County Sheriff‘s Office were investigating the cause of the fire. Around 4 p.m., Walker said the cause of the fire was electrical and started at an outlet in the garage.

Crews controlled the fire at 6:44 p.m. Old Fort, Crooked Creek, Pleasant Gardens and Sugar Hill fire departments responded along with the McDowell County Sheriff’s Office, EMS and Rescue Squad.

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