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Rowan Co. home engulfed in flames, four cats reported dead

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Fire crews battle a house fire on Barger Road in Rowan County. (David Whisenant/WBTV) Fire crews battle a house fire on Barger Road in Rowan County. (David Whisenant/WBTV)
Fire crews battle a house fire on Barger Road in Rowan County. (David Whisenant/WBTV) Fire crews battle a house fire on Barger Road in Rowan County. (David Whisenant/WBTV)
SALISBURY, NC (WBTV) -

Fire crews are battled a house fire east of Salisbury Wednesday morning.

The fire was reported at a home on the 1300 block of Barger Road around 9 a.m.

WBTV's David Whisenant reported that heavy smoke and flames could be seen when firefighters arrived on scene. The smoke could be seen for miles.

"Yeah, the house was fully engulfed in flames," said neighbor Eddie Schultz. "It took off, it won't go out, you know, the fire just won't go out."

A single mother and her two children were not home at the time.  The mother had gone to work in Cleveland, and the girls, twin 10 year olds, were already at school.

"She was at work, and thank God the girls are in school," Rachel Stewart told WBTV.  

Stewart lives next door and noticed smoke coming from the roof of her daughter's home.  She told WBTV that she tried to get inside the house to save her daughter's cats, but was driven back by heavy flames.

"We saw smoke and opened the front door and it was just full of smoke," Stewart added.

The mom says as many as four cats and a pet lizard died.

"I always feel so bad when I see this for other people, I never…I don't understand," Stewart told WBTV.

Fire crews remained on scene for hours dousing the flames.  The cause of the fire is not known.

The woman and her daughters will be able to stay next door.  

The Elizabeth Hanford Dole Chapter of the American Red Cross is helping with other needs and donations are welcome.  

Fire departments responding included Faith, Gold Hill, Granite Quarry, Liberty, Millers Ferry, Rockwell City, Rockwell Rural, and West Liberty. The Rowan Rescue Squad also responded. 

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