Family displaced on Mother's Day after Huntersville fire

by: Catherine Bilkey Updated:


HUNTERSVILLE - A family was displaced on Mother’s Day after a fire in Huntersville in the Skybrook  Subdivision.

“You just don’t think about this happening when you go to bed at night that you wake up to flames leaping outside of your door,” neighbor Nancy McGahey said.

When firefighters got on the scene around 1 a.m., they told Eyewitness News they could see heavy fire showing from the first and second floors of the townhome on Rocky Top Drive. One neighbor told Channel 9 when she saw the damage, she was instantly worried about the homeowner’s small dog.

“Monty is as big as a squirrel,” McGahey said about the dog.  “That was my biggest concern. How do you find this little…dog if you have smoke and fire and everything.”

She was happy to learn that, “Monty got out as well as the homeowners.”

It took 40 firefighters from three different departments to get the fire under control, but it could have been worse.

“Dry wall can be fixed, and roofs can be fixed,” McGahey said. “And you can buy a new car, but lives --you can’t replace those.”

Firefighters kept most of the flames from spreading to other homes. Two adjacent buildings do have some minor smoke and fire damage. The Mecklenburg County fire marshal is investigating the cause.