Lincolnton, NC – Lincoln County Sheriff’s deputies helped a western Lincoln County family escape from their burning home in the 6600 block of NC 27 Highway West.
A passing motorist called the Lincoln County Communications Center shortly after midnight on August 2, 2017 when he noticed flames coming from a window air conditioning unit and the side of the residence. The man was able to extinguish the fire in the air conditioning unit with a garden hose but the fire had apparently burned into the side of the house.
The deputies, responding to the call with fire departments and EMS, asked several people near the residence if anyone with still inside but they said they could not get anyone to the door. Deputy E. Cooke was aware that an older couple lived in the home and tried to make entry into the residence. Sgt. R. Hoernlen arrived on the scene and also attempted to enter the residence. He was able to release the dead bolt and get inside the home.
The officers stated they could not see flames but could feel the heat, and smoke was filling the home when they encountered the female resident who seemed disoriented and carrying a baseball bat because she thought someone was breaking into her home. The officer grabbed the bat and told her she needed to get out of house because it was on fire. They were able to move her to safety. The husband came into the kitchen and was told to get out of the house to safety. The couple advised that no one else was in the residence. They were checked by Lincoln County EMS at the scene for smoke inhalation.
Fire units arrived on the scene and extinguished the fire in the home.