Hickory firefighters were extremely busy Sunday (July 16). They responded to three fires in a four-hour time span and two occurred nearly at the same time. Two of the fires occurred at businesses.
At 1:54 p.m. Hickory firefighters responded to Side Pocket Lounge at 2040 12th Ave NE. Upon arrival at 1:57, firefighters found heavy amounts of fire and smoke coming from the building. After ensuring the occupants had evacuated the burning building, firefighters worked to extinguish the fire, which was reported controlled at 2:04. No injuries were reported and damages were considered major. Fire investigators determined the fire was accidental and the cause was electrical related.
At 4:54 p.m. firefighters responded to a reported fire at Sherrill Furniture at 2405 Highland Ave NE. Upon arrival, those who responded were directed by an employee to the grinder room, where they reported light smoke. Firefighters cut power to the machine and then disconnected the machine to locate the source of the smoke. Damages were considered minor.
The third fire was called in at at 5:39 p.m. while firefighters were still at the scene of the second incident. This fire occurred at 41 14th Street SE. While enroute to the call, responders were told that an occupant was still inside the residence. Upon arrival firefighters reported smoke coming from the building and the occupant still inside. They searched the house and were able to rescue one person, who was transported to a local hospital by Catawba County EMS. The victim was being treated for possible smoke inhalation. Firefighters then worked to extinguish the fire which was reported controlled at 5:51. No other injuries were reported and damages were considered minor. Fire investigators are still working to determine the cause of this fire.