An elderly couple lost their home in Mooresville after a terrible fire Wednesday. The fire on Eastport Lane was so massive Chopper 9 first saw the smoke from 15 miles away.
The call for the fire came in around 4:55 p.m. Wednesday.
Major flames engulfed the home and garage. It took firefighters more than two hours to put out the flames. One neighbor, who asked not to be identified, said the lack of fire hydrants is to blame for the fire spreading so much.
"There was probably 15 or 20 fire trucks up here, but they ran out of water because we have no fire hydrants," she said.
The fire department told Eyewitness News it had to bring in eight tanker trucks of water. The rural community does not have fire hydrants.
"I was scared that it was going to spread down to Matt's house then down to our house," neighbor Taylor Tomer said.
The victims lived in the home for 41 years. No one was hurt, but the house was a total loss. The family is getting help from the American Red Cross.
The fire chief said there have never been fire hydrants in this area because it's rural. Part of the fire plan is to shuttle in water.