LENOIR – Firefighters are investigating the cause of two large fires that sparked in Lenoir Sunday morning.
The first fire was reported around 1:30 a.m. at the old Broyhill Furniture main office on Willow Street.
The second fire was called in only a few hours later, just a few blocks away at a home on Stage Street.
The fires at both locations were much larger than expected when firefighters first arrived at the scene.
They were forced to call several off-duty firefighters to help at both locations. Some officers were even diverted from the furniture building fire to help at the house fire.
At one point, they fought flames that shot more than 50 feet in the air.
Officials said when they arrived at the house fire, the flames were already burning through the roof.
The fires were in such close proximity it is questionable whether they are connected.
Investigators said at this point they are not aware of any connection between the fires.
No one was reported hurt in either fire. Eyewitness news report Dan Tordjman will have more on the story at 6 p.m.
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