Crowders Mountain Fire & Rescue battles two blazes at Gastonia home

Crowders Mountain Fire & Rescue responded to a brush fire Sunday afternoon in Gastonia, authorities said.

At 12:28 p.m., firefighters were dispatched to an outdoors fire at 120 Twisted Oak Lane, authorities said.

When they arrived, they found two fires burning outside. One was about 50-by-50 feet, and the other fire was 10-by-20 feet.

Firefighters overcame the high winds in the area and brought both fires under control in about 20 minutes, authorities said.

One person at the home sustained second-degree burns from the fire. That person was taken to Caromont Regional Medical Center with injuries not believed to be life-threatening. No firefighters were injured.

The fire was caused by residents burning trash and debris outside, officials said. Two storage buildings sustained about $700 in damage.

Crowders Mountain Fire & Rescue officials said that because of high winds in the area, outside burning was not recommended. The high winds are a recipe for small fires to get out of hand and grow to full-blown forest fires, authorities said.

Officials also said that only natural materials – leaves, grass, tree limbs, etc. – can be burned legally. Man-made materials cannot be burned.