House fire displaces Gastonia family

A house fire that began at a wood stove late Thursday displaced a Gastonia family, Gastonia Fire Department spokesman Jim Landis said.

No one was there when flames broke out about 10:30 p.m. at the Hanks Circle home, and no firefighters were injured, Landis said.

It took 20 firefighters about 15 minutes to extinguish the fire, which burned through the floor of the home, causing $15,000 to 20,000 in damage.

The American Red Cross helped the family find shelter.

The fire department on Friday urged residents to have all heating devices serviced and inspected annually by a certified specialist.

Heating-related fires are among the leading causes of house fires and the second-leading cause of home fire deaths, according to the National Fire Protection Association.