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Gaston fire deemed suspicious

GASTON – An early evening fire here Monday is listed as suspicious in nature.

The Gaston Police Department is leading the investigation with the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation being called in to assist in finding out what led to the fire at a residence on Lawrenceville Road

Flames were showing upon the arrival of Gaston Fire-Rescue-EMS to a residence on Lawrenceville Road on Monday evening. Photo by Gaston Fire-Rescue-EMS

Gaston Fire-Rescue-EMS and the Garysburg Fire Department were dispatched at 7:04 pm on Monday. Upon arrival, a wood frame two-story home was found with heavy gray smoke and flames escaping the side of the structure, according to Gaston Chief Ed Porter Jr.

Porter said firefighters pulled handlines and contained the fire within 10 minutes of arrival.

Over 30 firefighters were on the scene during the incident.

No one was found inside of the structure.

Firefighters remained on scene for nearly an hour and a half conducting fire suppression and overhaul operations.

The structure sustained heavy fire and smoke damage

throughout.