12-22-2019 | 9:30 PM | CHARLOTTE,NC— On December 22, 2019 a Charlotte homeowner lost everything in a devastating house fire just days before Christmas. 911 calls reported the fire around 9:30 p.m., at the home at 11702 Park Road. When firefighters with Charlotte Fire Department Station #24 arrived they encountered heavy fire coming through the roof and engulfing the single story home.
Over two dozen Charlotte Firefighters work aggressively to find the fire and extinguish it. Collyer’s Mansion conditions also known as clutter/hoarding conditions made it difficult for firefighters to battle the blaze.
Neighbors who live nearby witnessed the fire as it happened and saw dozens of emergency responders converge on the scene. One resident said the flames were so intense flames reached 20+ feet above the trees and could be seen 2 streets over. Neighbors say the homeowner who lived alone and sometimes kept to himself was not home at the time of the fire. Residents in the are just were stunned that this unfortunate tragedy happened just days before the start of Christmas.
It took 23 firefighters from multiple Charlotte Fire Stations to bring the fire under control in 22 minutes. No injuries were reported, although not much of the home could be saved according to fire officials.
A preliminary investigation determined the cause of the fire to be accidental. According to fire investigators the fire was caused by a cooking fire that was not extinguished properly. Damage to the home was estimated at $100K.