Crime & Courts

2 residents escape from Gastonia house fire

A smoke alarm is credited with helping save the lives of two people whose house was destroyed by a fire Thursday morning in Gastonia, officials said.

The fire was reported about 6 a.m. at a residence in the 900 block of West Airline Avenue. Deputies from the Gaston County Sheriff’s Office were first on the scene and reported heavy flames coming from the wood-frame house.

When firefighters arrived, they found the front of the house in flames and the fire moving toward the back of the building. A crew of 25 firefighters got the blaze under control in about 30 minutes, officials said.

Two people were asleep in the house when the fire started, but authorities said the residents were awakened by the smoke alarm and escaped. No injuries were reported.

Authorities are working to determine the cause of the blaze. The American Red Cross provided help for the displaced residents.