‘This is very shocking’: Third body found after ‘suspicious’ house fire in Iredell County

Sheriff says cause of death and cause of fire both suspicious, cites domestic dispute
Published: Jul. 28, 2021 at 2:58 PM EDT|Updated: Jul. 29, 2021 at 11:36 AM EDT
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TROUTMAN, N.C. (WBTV) - Officials now say the bodies of three people were found in the rubble of a house fire that happened on Tuesday night.

The bodies of two people were located in the house early Wednesday, and news that a third body was found was confirmed by the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office on Thursday.

That body was found as investigators worked on Wednesday night. Officials say additional evidence believed to be connected to the deaths and source of the fire was also found.

“Shortly after the fire was extinguished one body was found, ultimately, later, the next day a second body was found, late yesterday evening a third body was found,” Iredell County Sheriff Darren Campbell said.

The fire happened on Loram Drive near Troutman just before 9 p.m. on Tuesday night.

“I said ‘Oh my God, there’s a house on fire’ and we walked over there and saw the whole house caught on fire,” said neighbor Angel Granados. “We’re just heartbroken. It’s very sad, whatever happened in that house last night.”

‘This is very shocking’: At least two people dead in house fire in Iredell County
‘This is very shocking’: At least two people dead in house fire in Iredell County(WBTV)

A neighbor said that he came home around 8 p.m. and didn’t notice anything unusual, but that at around 9 p.m. he noticed a bright glow coming from the house across the street.

When firefighters responded, the house was fully engulfed in flames.

“The flames were so high, as high of the trees over there,” neighbor Pam Hamlett said. “It’s horrible. I’ve never seen a house burn that fast.”

Both the fire and deaths are being treated as suspicious and the investigation is still ongoing, according to Iredell County Sheriff Darren Campbell.

According to fire officials, the search of the fire scene was active for several hours and involved several agencies. The cause of death or identities have not been determined nor has the cause of the fire at this point.

On Wednesday the street was crowded with investigators from the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office, the SBI, the Iredell County Fire Marshal’s Office, and local fire departments.

A neighbor said that a family of four lived in the home.

According to investigators, based on interviews and initial information received, detectives determined that three other people were last known to be in the home at the time of the fire.

“I wouldn’t even think anything was going on in their home,” Hamlett said. “Not at all. None. Because I’ve always seen them all together. They have the boat. I always saw them outside, doing yard work, the father was walking all the time. This is very shocking.”

Information was gathered indicating that in the hours before the fire the family had been involved in a domestic situation that prompted the one son to leave. Deputies went to speak with that son at his grandmother’s house in Mooresville.

“We do have strong suspicions, actually good information from another family member that this was an ongoing domestic throughout most of the day at this residence. Law enforcement was never called,” Sheriff Campbell said.

Autopsies for all three victims are scheduled to determine the cause of death and to identify the victims. Additional evidence has been collected and is being processed.

The investigation is still ongoing pending the results of various forensic examinations.

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