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Structure fire does an estimated $22K in damages to Cherryville house

Jan 17, 2020 08:37AM

The “after” photos of the structure fire at 506 W. Second Street. Police tape sections the structure off from anyone trespassing on the property as the case incident is active and the fire is still under investigation. (photos by MEP/The Eagle)



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Four fire units were called to action to a West Second St., house fire at 5:57 p.m., Tuesday afternoon, Jan. 7, 2020.

In addition to the Cherryville Fire Department arriving, so to did units from the following services: Tryonota, Waco, and Hughes Pond VFDs.

Cherryville FD Assistant Chief Jason Wofford said the four units mentioned sent the following men, “Cherryville Fire Department arrived on scene and we had 16 firefighters, Tryonota VFD with four firefighters, Waco with eight firefighters, and Hughes Pond VFD with two firefighters, arrived on-scene.”

Assistant Chief Wofford continued, “We released all mutual aid departments after clean up and we (CFD) remained on the scene until releasing the scene of the fire to the Gaston County Fire Marshal’s Office and the Cherryville Police Department.”

The Cherryville Police Department, in an incident report, listed the estimated damages to the house as $22,000, while AC Wofford said the tax value of the empty house was listed as “roughly $31,000,” adding, “And we consider this house a total loss.”

Assistant Chief Wofford noted the home was vacant since 2018, adding that primary and secondary searches were performed to ensure the home was vacant.

The home, according to the  CPD  incident  report, listed a Mr. John Lawrance McGinnis as the owner of the home, but it was noted by CFD officials that Mr. McGinnis is deceased. A phone number associated with the home owner was called by AC Wofford who said the number was no longer in service.

AC Wofford said no firefighter’s were injured in this blaze and that their operations “went smoothly.”

Assistant Chief Wofford continued, “The fire was under control within 18 minutes and we were on the scene for a total of one hour and 32 minutes, to make sure nothing started back up.”

As for any fire, smoke, or water damage to nearby structures, AC Wofford noted, “No other damage was found to the surrounding buildings.”

Wofford was confident of the firefighters and the work they did in knocking the blaze down and securing the scene. 

Said AC Wofford, “All career and volunteer firefighters did an excellent job controlling and extinguishing this fire. While we hate to see any property burn, we are extremely fortunate this was a vacant home and that no one was misplaced or lost a substantial amount of their valuables. 

“We are thankful that our surrounding departments were able to respond as part of the mutual ‘aid and assist’ with all efforts focused on getting this fire out. The more firefighters you have on any scene is always safer for all involved, and lends itself to more effective operations by all involved. 

“This fire is currently under investigation with the Deputy Fire Marshal’s Office and the Cherryville Police Department. We thank them for their follow-up with this incident.”