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Fire injures homeowner in southern Iredell County

A fire that injured a homeowner in southern Iredell County this week started in the living room, but fire officials said Friday they were unable to determine the cause.

Jerry Louk was asleep in his bedroom when he awoke to the smell of smoke about 3:40 a.m. Wednesday and reported the fire, Iredell County Deputy Fire Marshal Thomas Moore said.

Iredell County EMS treated Louk for smoke inhalation at his home at 138 Winedale Lane, Moore said. Winedale Lane is off Faith Road in the unincorporated Mount Mourne community.

The cause was ruled undetermined because fire officials couldn’t eliminate all possible ignition sources, Moore said.

The first unit from Mount Mourne Volunteer Fire Department saw flames coming from the front of the 2,400-square-foot home. It took firefighters nearly an hour to control the fire, Moore said.

Firefighters from the South Iredell, Shepherds and Lake Norman volunteer fire departments also responded to the initial call. Mooresville Fire & Rescue was soon called in to assist.

The fire caused about $125,000 in damage to the home and its contents, Moore said.

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