Fire that destroys Iredell County home deemed 'supicious' - | WBTV Charlotte

Two fires, one in Iredell, one nearby in Rowan, both deemed 'suspicious'

(David Whisenant | WBTV) (David Whisenant | WBTV)

A fire that ripped through an Iredell County home Wednesday morning is being investigated as "suspicious," and so is another fire that damaged a house under construction in Rowan County.

The Iredell County fire broke out around 4 a.m. at a home in the 100 block of Phifer Lane in Cleveland, near the Iredell and Rowan County line. Firefighters reported seeing heavy flames when they arrived on scene. 

According to the Fire Marshal, it appears the fire started in the center of the structure. "I am treating this fire as suspicious as the owners have had some prior issues with someone forcing entry to the structure on multiple occasions within the last year," the fire marshal said. 

One lane of Highway 70 towards Salisbury was blocked as firefighters worked to control the fire. 

No injuries were reported. Firefighters say the home had no power connection and no one was living there. The home is a total loss.

At the same time in Rowan County, there was a fire that damaged a house under construction on Phifer Road.  It's a short distance from the Phifer Lane fire in Iredell County.

The Rowan County fire has also been determined to be "suspicious."

Investigators with both the Iredell and Rowan County Sheriff's departments are investigating the respective fires.

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