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North Charlotte house fire ruled accidental

This large house fire in the 9600 block of Runswyck Court in north Charlotte Wednesday started accidentally, the Charlotte Fire Investigation Task Force ruled.
This large house fire in the 9600 block of Runswyck Court in north Charlotte Wednesday started accidentally, the Charlotte Fire Investigation Task Force ruled. CHARLOTTE FIRE DEPARTMENT

A large house fire in the 9600 block of Runswyck Court in north Charlotte this week started accidentally, the Charlotte Fire Investigation Task Force ruled.

One person was at the home when the fire started Wednesday afternoon and was uninjured, officials said.

The fire caused nearly $280,000 in damage, officials said.

Twenty-seven firefighters controlled the fire in 29 minutes, and crews stayed all night to watch for potential hot spots that could have flared up.

Investigators said they’ve identified two possible causes: electronics that were plugged in for charging and improperly discarded smoking materials. Joe Marusak

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