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Fire at a home and surrounding woods injures one

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Investigators look for answers after home burns and he is injured

Burke County investigators are still trying to piece together what happened at a mobile home south of Morganton on Old Highway 18 Saturday afternoon. It was just after one when neighbor Jennifer Loftus heard a commotion outside. "I heard screaming and then several gunshots." Loftus said when she went outside to look she saw her neighbor's house on fire along with the woods behind it and also discovered that neighbor, Bobby Dee Woddard, 58, was on the ground and bleeding. Fire crews and law enforcement rushed to the scene. Deputy Gregg Huntley was first to arrive and he loaded the injured man into his patrol car and drove him down the road to a waiting ambulance. "As a law enforcement officer it is what I do." Medical and fire crews had stopped a short distance from the scene because deputies were not sure if a gunman was on the loose. A search turned up no one.

Burke County Sheriff Steve Whisenant said he was getting conflicting stories about what happened. "We've heard that he was dong something with explosives, we heard he was shot and we heard there were a lot of people here." Investigators are trying to determine which story is true. The sheriff said he was not sure Woodard was shot but has no idea what caused his wounds and will wait for word from medical professionals.

In the meantime, Woodard was airlifted to CMC in Charlotte with serious injuries. Authorities have not had the chance to talk with him about what happened but hope to do so in the next day or two. Woodard's condition is not known.

The fire destroyed Woodard's mobile home and about an acre of forest. Firefighters were able to keep it from spreading to other homes in the area.

Neighbors have been told to be on the lookout for anything suspicious.

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