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.