Suspicious fire in CC Camp Rd. home

By Anthony Gonzalez agonzalez@civitasmedia.com

July 3, 2014

Fire officials are investigating a Thursday morning blaze that erupted in a vacant house that had no electricity. Officials said the fire is suspicious.

The fire happened at 736 CC Camp Road.

“We arrived on the scene and the house had lots of smoke coming from the eaves of the roof. We’re not sure that anybody lives here. It doesn’t appear that anyone lives here,” said Lanny Whitaker, assistant chief of CC Camp Volunteer Fire Department. “The house has no power.”

Whitaker said the suspicious fire started in the kitchen of the property that appears to have been abandoned.

Called onto the scene were inspectors with the Surry County Fire Marshal’s Office.

“The fire is being investigated by us. It is suspicious. I really can’t comment further on the specifics relating to the investigation,” said Jason Burkholder, fire inspector with the Surry County Fire Marshal’s Office.

According to Burkholder, the case will be passed to the Surry County Sheriff’s Office.

“They’ll contact the owner and see what prior hits or track record the property has of former residents,” said Burkholder.

Responding were CC Camp VFD, Mountain Park Volunteer Fire Department and the Elkin Rescue Squad for medical standby.

According to Burkholder, there were no reported injuries.

Anthony Gonzalez may be reached at 336-835-1513 or on Twitter @newsgonz.