Catawba County authorities have released the name of a man who died in a house fire Friday morning near Hickory.
A sheriff’s office spokesman said James Lester Allen, 68, died in the blaze at 3537 38th St. Drive NE.
When firefighters arrived they found the brick split-level house and a detached garage engulfed in flames.
Authorities said the fire was suspicious and the investigation is ongoing.
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