March 17. A fire just before midnight at a home at 20344 Havenview Drive caused significant damage to more than a third of the house which is just off Bethel Church Road. The Cornelius-Lemley Volunteer Fire Dept. extinguished the blaze with help from the Davidson and Huntersville fire departments.
No one in the home was injured, Cornelius Fire Chief Neal Smith said. A total of 36 firefighters were on scene. “The residents were out of the house upon our arrival and no firefighters were injured,” Smith said. Mecklenburg County property records indicate that the house is owned by Brenda Kay and Barry L. Sheen.
The fire in the lakefront home is still under investigation.
Here is what the chief said: “The fire involved a wooden walkway to the right side of this residency which had extended up the outside of the house and into the attic area. Due to being an attic fire, there was heavy damage to the roof and rooms directly underneath. Water damage was also extensive in the same area.”
Both Cornelius fire stations were on the scene with two engines and two ladders.
Due to the damage and time of night, a fire watch remained in place overnight until an extensive overhaul was completed after daylight.
One engine remained on scene after 3 am for fire watch, the chief said. All units cleared around 10 this morning.
PHOTO: CORNELIUS-LEMLEY VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT