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Officials: Charlotte house fire may have been started by squatter

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CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) -

Fire crews are investigating an early morning house fire in west Charlotte that is believed to have been started by a squatter.

Investigators say the fire broke out at a home along Lander Street in west Charlotte around midnight.

They believe a squatter set a fire in the fireplace of a vacant home, which escaped the fireplace. The flames then spread up to the second floor of the home.

There were no injuries in the blaze.

Firefighters say there was no one at the home when they arrived, but there were signs that someone had been staying there.

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