Crime & Courts

Kannapolis assisted living center fire probed

Kannapolis officials are investigating a fire Thursday at an assisted living center – a fire that authorities say was intentionally set.

No serious injuries were reported, but one Kannapolis firefighter was hospitalized.

The fire was reported shortly after 12:30 p.m. at the Kannon Creek Assisted Living Center, in the 1800 block of North Cannon Boulevard. Authorities said firefighters found heavy smoke in one hall of the building, and one room in that hall suffered what officials said was “significant damage.”

Officials at Kannon Creek had begun evacuating residents, and Kannapolis firefighters joined in that effort.

Several people were checked for possible smoke inhalation, and one person received oxygen. Two firefighters were treated for heat exhaustion, and one of those firefighters was taken to CMC-Northeast for observation, officials said.

The blaze caused $4,000 in damage. Several residents were displaced from their rooms, but officials at Kannon Creek are moving them to other rooms in the facility.

Authorities said police investigators have a suspect in the case but are continuing the probe.