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May 26, 2014

House collapses after fire in Gastonia

A golf cart that was being recharged in a basement caused a fire that destroyed a house in Gastonia on Monday morning.

A golf cart that was being recharged in a basement caused a fire that destroyed a house in Gastonia on Monday morning.

Firefighters who arrived at the one-story house at 2516 Georgemont Court about 10:30 a.m. found a heavy fire in the basement. Two people were in the house when the fire started but got out without injury, according to a report by the Gastonia Fire Department.

The floor of a bedroom collapsed into the basement, but firefighters checking the integrity of the house escaped in time and no injuries were reported.

Damages were estimated at $200,000 and the building was reported as a total loss. The cause was an electrical issue with the golf cart, which was plugged in to recharge.

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