Sheriff's office: Waxhaw house fire intentionally set

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UNION COUNTY, N.C. - Deputies in Union County said Sunday at least one device left at a Waxhaw home sparked a fire there. 

Deputy Sheriff Ben Bailey confirmed Sunday night the fire was intentionally set. 

Firefighters spent part of their Saturday morning containing the house fire on Lillieshall Road. Fire officials said the fire started around 5 a.m. Saturday. Smoke was still shooting out of the home two hours later.

The sheriff’s office was included in the investigation after they said possible burning materials were found in the front and the back of the house. 

The Wesley Chapel Fire Chief said the home is a total loss.

Investigators said there was a car outside of the home, but they believe the family was on vacation based on a Facebook post.

The fire not only destroyed one home, it also caused damage to neighboring houses by melting the siding.

Fire officials have not said what caused the fire.