A morning house fire destroyed a home in the Curtis Pond subdivision Friday but the occupants of the house were able to make it out safely, officials said.
Mooresville Fire-Rescue Chief Curt Deaton said the came in around 9:35 a.m. requesting help to 240 Madelia Place. “The roof area, attic area was involved when the first truck arrived,” Deaton said.
As of around 10:45 a.m., the fire’s cause and its exact origin are still under investigation, Deaton said. When asked if the fire was related to any Fourth of July fireworks celebration that may have occurred the night before, Deaton said he wasn't sure if that played a role.
The home’s roof, attic and second story was charred black and seemed to be totally destroyed. In just over an hour since their arrival, firefighters had nearly extinguished the fire with only a few small flames burning the home’s attic.
Five Mooresville fire station engines, a ladder truck and firefighters from South Iredell and Mt. Mourne stations responded initially with several volunteer stations handling calls while the fire was being put out, Deaton said.
One firefighter was injured and transported to a local hospital but Deaton said the injuries didn’t seem to be serious.
Deaton said the Curtis Pond community was helpful when fire officials arrived. Deaton said he knew the community would “help this family get back together.”
Homeowner Matthew Bowser declined comment at the scene.
Jeanne Coyle lives in Curtis Pond and said she was caring for a neighbor’s dog down the street when she saw the side fence of the home at 240 Madelia Place ablaze. Coyle said she looked for a hose to put out the fire but soon realized the flames were out of control.
Coyle ran to the home’s door, banged on it, opened it and yelled to the occupants to get out. Matthew Bowser’s wife, Jennifer Bowser, her mother and several children were unaware of the fire and ran from the house, Coyle said. Coyle also warned the occupants of the homes on either side of the Bowser’s home to evacuate as well, she said.
“Everybody survived and that’s all I cared about,” Coyle said.
Coyle added it was lucky the fire didn’t start a few hours earlier when everyone would have been sleeping. “Thank God, that’s all I can say,” Coyle said. “I was just leaving another client’ s house when I saw the smoke. I can’t even imagine.”