Crews battle heavy flames in Gaston County house fire

(Sky3 | WBTV)
(Sky3 | WBTV)

GASTON COUNTY, NC (WBTV) - Emergency crews responded to a house fire in Gaston County Thursday afternoon.

The fire broke out around 4:30 p.m. at a home on the 100 block of Propst Road, which is off of Springs Road in Dallas.

From WBTV's Sky3, heavy flames could be seen coming from the roof of the house.

Two women and two pets were able to get out of the home before it was destroyed according to Andy Salas, assistant chief of the North Gaston Volunteer Fire and Rescue.

"It hit the attic and it was coming out the roof. The flames were pretty tall for a little while there," said Salas.

He said the heat made fighting the fire challenging. Two alarms were called so more manpower had to come help fight the fire.

"It (the heat) makes it horrible," said Salas. "It's about 90-95 degrees outside and the fire it just overcomes you."

He said close to 20 firefighters would rotate while fighting the fire. The first responders would rest and hydrate while their colleagues would take a turn fighting the fire. Cews from Gaston Emergency Medical Services were also at the scene to help keep an eye on firefighters.

Salas said the only part of the home that wasn't destroyed was the garage.

Jan Akkins said his mother lived in the home that went up in flames. He said it was a shock to see the house burning.

"This was something my daddy, and dreamed of and i's all gone now," explained Akkins.

There is no word on what may have sparked the fire.

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