Townhomes were damaged in a Monday morning fire in Hickory. Just before 12 noon Monday (June 28) Hickory firefighters were dispatched to 2240 15th Avenue NE, Bradford Square Townhomes. Firefighters responded with two engines, one ladder, one heavy rescue, two battalion chiefs, and command staff.
Upon arriving at the scene, fire personnel reported smoke visible from the front of a two-story multi-unit townhome complex. After further investigation, a working fire was discovered on the rear of the building on a deck and spreading into the building.
The fire was quickly brought under control. Damage is considered moderate, with some extension into the townhomes and the attic space. Two units were affected by the fire, displacing a total of four residents. No injuries were reported in the fire. Catawba County EMS and the Hickory Police Department also responded.
Hickory Fire Investigators determined the cause of the fire to be unintentional due to hot coals left in a charcoal grill. The Fire Department issued a reminder that during this time of year, grill fires can be a common occurrence. Fire personnel want to remind everyone that you should never leave a lit grill unattended that is still hot or smoking. Make sure charcoal ashes are out by soaking them with water before discarding them or leaving them alone.