Discarded cigarette caused deadly Gaston County fire, investigators say

  • Source: WSOC-TV ABC 9 Charlotte
  • Published: 10/05/2019 02:55 PM

It could take days before the fire marshal is able to figure out what caused a massive fire in Gaston County Saturday, which claimed one man's life. The fire happened just before 3:30 a.m. on Dusty Hill Road in Dallas. It destroyed the home and several cars within minutes. The blaze left one man dead and displaced as many as 12 people. One resident, Donavan Davis, told Channel 9's DaShawn Brown the fire burned from the outside in and raged for hours. "It woke me up out of my sleep," Davis said. "So I rushed to bang on everybody's doors to get them out." Davis said the man who died, 65-year-old Jeffrey Michael, was the furthest away from the door and couldn't escape. Hobson said the man was on the phone at the time calling for help.


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