A fire caused by a heating system malfunction destroyed a Gastonia home early Monday. No one was hurt in the blaze that took 24 firefighters 20 minutes to control, the Gastonia Fire Department reported.
Firefighters responded to the house fire at 2115 Lowell Bethesda Road at 6 a.m. Firefighters arrived to find heavy fire and smoke conditions from the roof area of the house.
The Gastonia Fire Marshal's Office determined the cause of the fire was a malfunction in the heating system, which was located in the attic.
The house is a total loss with an estimated $150,000 in value, the department says.
Jim Landis, public information officer for the department, reports that the family was at home at the time of the fire. The mother heard popping noises in the ceiling and woke her husband and two children and got them out of the house unharmed. The family dog was also able to get out safely.
Heating devices are the second leading cause of house fires in the country following cooking related fires, Landis reports. The department wants to remind homeowners to have their heating devices checked annually by a certified technician to ensure they are functioning properly.
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