A fire destroyed a home on Cades Cove Drive in Steele Creek area Friday morning.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. —
Firefighters and police are investigating after a fire broke out in a southwest Charlotte home early Friday morning.
The fire started in the same house where police had investigated a home invasion hours earlier.
The police report from the home invasion says three people forced their way into the house around 1 a.m. and tried to take items at gunpoint.
Four hours later, emergency crews were trying to put out a fire in that same house.
When Eyewitness News arrived on Cades Cove Drive, smoke and some flames were still billowing from the house. Police said the family left after the home invasion, so no one was home during the fire.
Firefighters, the ATF and police are at the scene, trying to figure out how the fire started and whether it’s connected to the home invasion. So far, they are not calling it arson.
The Steele Creek subdivision where the home is located is very quiet. One neighbor said the entire neighborhood is on edge about the incident. He described what it was like when the fire started.
“I heard two loud explosions, like, ‘Boom, boom.’ I looked out my window and I seen the car just in flames,” Chaz Parks said.
Steel Creek Division patrol officers with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department arrested Davion Jerome Herron, 33, and Rashawn Shamario Sanders, 25, for their involvement in a breaking and entering of a residence and robbery.
Sanders and Herron have been charged with three counts of attempted robbery with a firearm, conspiracy to commit armed robbery, first degree burglary, and three counts of second degree kidnapping. Herron was also charged with firearm by convicted felon.
Police said they're still searching for another suspect.