Authorities release name of victim in Friday’s house fire near Hickory

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.