Fire destroys north High Point home

Mar. 29, 2013 @ 04:03 PM

A family in north High Point has been left homeless after a fire tore through their home Friday afternoon.
High Point Fire Department was called to the scene of 3909 Wesseck Drive, home to Steve and Carmen Skeen, at 12:14 p.m. in response to a house fire.
“When we were en route, they were actually able to see heavy smoke before we got here,” said Denita Lynch, fire department public information officer. “When we got here, there was heavy fire showing.
The owners were not home when the fire started, and there are no reported injuries.
The Skeens’ pets, one dog and two cats, were at the home when the fire happened. The dog was rescued by someone in the neighborhood. The owner said one of the cats was outside before he left the home, but they are not sure what happened to the cat, according to Lynch.
There was no word on the condition of the two cats.
The two-story single family home has extensive roof damage, which has prohibited investigators in find the cause. As of Friday afternoon, the department did not have a cause for the blaze, or a location in the house where it may have originated.
“We have an investigator on the scene, but we are not sure how far he is going to be able to go in, if at all,” Lynch said. “He has not been able to go in because we still have some hot spots that we are trying to knock down. Right now, he is getting photos and looking around on the outside.”
The total cost of damage was unknown. Insurance investigators were on the scene late Friday afternoon.
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