CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Charlotte Fire Department said a two-alarm fire that caused devastating damage to a south Charlotte home was set intentionally.
Forty-five firefighters battled the massive blaze on Newberry Park Lane around 7 p.m. Saturday.
Investigators said the fire was set on purpose by someone who threw a device at the home, causing flames to spark.
Officials said when they arrived on the scene, heavy flames were engulfing the home and the fire took about 45 minutes to contain.
"This a very small neighborhood, only 58 homes here, so we came outside to see what was going on,” said Glenn Ostle, who lives nearby.
According to residents in the community, the flames were shooting so high out of the roof that they feared the fire might spread to nearby homes.
A neighbor told Channel 9's Briana Harper that this is the first time they've seen such a devastating fire in the tight-knit community.
"The very best part of it, no one was hurt. They got the fire out, and I heard they stayed here all night to make sure everything didn't start up again, and you can't ask for much more than that," Ostle said.
Investigators said the fire caused an estimated $300,000 in property damage and that $100,000 worth of items were damaged inside the home.
No injuries were reported.
"On average, within the city of Charlotte, you're going to have companies on scene in four minutes, and I'm pretty sure that played a role in putting the fire out and minimizing property loss,” said Phil Boche, with the Charlotte Fire Department.
Police said there haven't been any arrests.
This is an ongoing investigation. Check back to wsoctv.com for updates.
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