GASTONIA, N.C. – A man in his 60s died after a fire engulfed his home early Saturday morning.
Two dogs inside the home, located along Davis Park Road just south of Gastonia, also died.
Acting Gaston County Fire Marshal Scott Hunter said his office has determined the cause of the fire was accidental.
It was first reported to authorities by a passing driver shortly before 3:30 Saturday morning. According to Hunter, the driver stopped and honked his horn and banged on the door after calling 911.
Crowders Mountain Fire & Rescue was first on the scene, with support from Union Road Volunteer, New Hope Volunteer, Gastonia and Clover (S.C.) Fire Departments. Shortly after arrival, firefighters located the man and the two dogs inside the home. They were declared dead at the scene.
The victim’s identity is being withheld until his nearest relatives can be notified. Damages to the home are estimated to be in excess of $150,000.