Fire destroys Gaston County home

Fire destroys Gaston County home

RANLO, N.C. (WBTV) - A fire overnight in Ranlo destroyed a home and left adjacent residences damaged as well.

The blaze happened at a house on Stone Mountain Drive early Monday morning around 1:00 a.m.

Crews responding to the scene were unable to salvage the residence where the fire began, but extinguished the flames before they could significantly damage the surrounding properties.

One person was taken to the hospital for smoke inhalation as a result of this incident.

The man was identified Monday evening as Kalum Worsham. Worsham’s mother, Tina Smith, spoke to WBTV via text. She said her son went into the burning home to save a dog and to look for his niece. She said the niece made it safely out of the burning home, but her son needed medical treatment. She said he is currently in the ICU in the hospital.

Neighbors offered up encouraging messages for Worsham Monday night.

“You know material stuff can be replaced, but life there’s only one,” said neighbor Katherinn Rojas.

The Gaston County Fire Marshal’s Office is actively investigating the matter. The cause of the fire has not been determined.

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