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Grass fire spreads to house in Hickory

Fire officials say improperly disposed ashes were responsible for starting a grass fire that spread to a house Monday afternoon in Hickory.

No injuries were reported in the blaze, and firefighters say the house suffered minimal damage.

Authorities say the fire was reported about 1:20 p.m. in the 500 block of North Center Street. The blaze was called in as a grass fire, but when crews arrived, they discovered the fire had spread to the house.

Additional units were called in, and firefighters quickly brought the blaze under control.

Investigators said the cause of the blaze was ashes from a heating stove that had not been disposed of properly. They reminded residents to place ashes in a metal container away from anything that can burn.

Lyttle: 704-358-6107; Twitter: @slyttle
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