10,000 Square foot home fire ruled 'undetermined'

Published: Oct. 30, 2014 at 10:14 AM EDT|Updated: Nov. 29, 2014 at 11:14 AM EST
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DAVIDSON, NC (WBTV) - A Davidson family of four is trying to figure out where they will move next month after the home they were building was destroyed in the early morning hours by a fire.

The nearly 10,000 square foot home on Maddy Lane in River Run suffered so much damage that during the fire four fire departments responded to the call. The Davidson home has been declared a total loss.

Raymond Haigney explained they were supposed to move into the home on November 18. They were in the final stages of construction, but now say they don't know what's next. He said he found out about the fire at 4 a.m. when two police officers knocked on his door.

The 9,500 square foot home was a dream home for the Haigney family. The family said they sat down with an architect to select every detail. Now it's gone, and neighbors say they can only imagine how the Haigneys feel.

"It breaks my heart because I know what the family is going through," said Sherry Suprock, "To be so close in such a long process that it takes to build a home. It's just very heartbreaking."

Suprock is building her own home and wonders what could have caused the fire, which caused $1.4 million dollars worth of damage.

"I don't know [who or what is] at fault, but obviously it scares you a lot when you're this close to moving into a home, wondering 'Why did this occur?'" Suprock said.

Mecklenburg County Fire Marshals said they investigated the fire all day. "There's a lot of damage, and due to the amount of damage we were not able to determine a cause," said Karrie Heller, Assistant Fire Marshal.

They said they exhausted all possibilities.

Davidson firefighters said no one was hurt in the blaze because no one was living in the home. "If anything, that's what we always say - 'You can replace a home, but you can't replace a life,'" Suprock said.

Raymond Haigney said they are thankful no neighbors or firefighters were hurt. But, he says, his sons were upset when they saw the news and video of their home. He says he plans to talk to fire marshals Friday.

The electrical inspection was supposed to be Thursday. Haigney said the electricity was on,  but that the gas was not.

Officials have cleared from the scene and the Mecklenburg County Fire Marshal is ruling the fire "undetermined." Fire crews said the size of the home made it difficult to extinguish the flames.

Davidson Deputy Fire Chief Ryan Monteith said it took one ladder company and five firefighting hose lines to put the fire out. Odell Fire Department in Cabarrus County and Mount Mourne Fire Department in Iredell County were called in to assist.

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