Heat, heavy flames challenge firefighters at morning house fire in Gastonia

Updated: Jul. 14, 2017 at 11:01 AM EDT
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GASTONIA, NC (WBTV) - The Gastonia Fire Department showed up to see heavy flames coming from a home on Scruggs Street on Friday morning.

Heavy smoke was coming from the front of the home after flames charred the back of the residence, according to Gastonia Fire Chief Phil Welch.

Welch and his firefighters confirmed no one was inside the home at the time of the fire after a sweep of the house.

It took his crews less than 15 minutes to put out the flames.

Chief Welch called out the Fire Marshal to "determine the origin of the fire." Even though there wasn't signs of arson at the home this morning, Welch relayed there are generally concerns with arson in unoccupied homes.

Welch said the hot temperatures, even early in the morning, posed a challenge for his firefighters.

"The heat is a major concern now," said Welch.

"This call came in at 6:30 a.m. and you can see the guys behind me and how exhausted they already are because the heat has been a concern for us and keep the guys hydrated."

The Chief said a determination of a cause will be made by investigators after a thorough examination.

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