Firefighters battle southeast Charlotte house fire, close nearby roadway

Firefighters battle southeast Charlotte house fire, close nearby roadway

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Part of W T Harris Boulevard in southeast Charlotte was shut down Thursday afternoon due to a nearby house fire.

The fire broke out at a vacant home in the 9700 block of E WT Harris Boulevard, near Idlewild Road. The roadway was closed in both directions.

The Charlotte Fire Department tweeted about the fire around 3:30 p.m.

The owner of the home said that it was currently being renovated and they were planning to move in this summer.

The homeowner believes that a squatter started the fire and that they've had issues in the past with squatters.

According to Merriam-Webster, a squatter is defined as someone who lives in a building or on land without the permission of the owner and without paying.

Neighbors reportedly told the homeowner that they could hear a man's voice inside screaming.

27 firefighters responded to the fire and controlled it in 16 minutes.

There's no official word on a cause.

No injuries were reported and the fire is under investigation.

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