Firefighters are investigating the cause of a house fire Friday morning on Jessie Street off of Statesville Avenue in north Charlotte.
They said they were called to the area for a brush fire, but when they arrived they found a home burning instead.
Firefighters said most of the damage was done to the back and side of the home. It is vacant and no one was hurt.
Channel 9 is asking if the fire started outside the home and spread, or if the fire was set on purpose.
WSOC-TV ABC 9 Charlotte
A fire gutted a Nebo home off U.S. 70 East and the cause is under investigation by McDowell County Sheriff’s Office and the State Bureau of Investigation.
On Thursday morning at 10:31 a.m., emergency services received a call regarding a house fire at the home of Kenneth R. Burleson of 4631 U.S. 70 East, Nebo
The Marion Fire Department, Nebo Fire Department, Dysartsville Fire Department, Glenwood Fire Department, McDowell EMS, McDowell Rescue Squad, McDowell Emergency Management and the McDowell Sheriff’s Office responded to the call.
Marion McDowell News
The SBI is assisting Kinston firefighters as they try to determine what started an early morning fire at Kinston High School.
Classes for students were cancelled.
The fire is believed to have begun in the back of the cafeteria, in a dishwashing room around 1:00 a.m.
Officials say they do not suspect foul play, and that the SBI is there because it happened at a public school.
"There's really nothing to indicate that this was anything other than a naturally occurring fire, if you could call it that," said school systems spokesman Patrick Holmes. "There's no indication that there's a suspicious nature to it, sign of forced entry or nothing."
Once investigators finish their work, contracted clean-up crews will be brought it to start with the clean-up. Administrators say they will work around the clock to make sure the high school can reopen for the 700 students on Monday.
WITN-TV NBC 7 Greenville
Wayne County parents are relieved Thursday's storm only packed a small punch at Eastern Wayne Middle School.
Thursday morning around 9:30, lightning caused a brief evacuation. School leaders say the strike hit one of the A/C units above the school's computer lab.
There were 26 students inside the lab who smelled something burning.
Goldsboro firefighters at Station 5 - across the street from the middle school - responded.
Meanwhile, the school's principal moved all 400 students to the gym.
Firefighters determined the lightning strike sent a power surge to the A/C unit - switching it from cold air to heat.
Dust around the unit caused the burning smell.
Students returned to class an hour later.
WTVD-TV ABC Channel 11