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Fire damages Charlotte home

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A quick response helped save a house in Charlotte from going up in flames Sunday morning. 

Firefighters say the blaze had the potential to destroy a family home.  "Given it some time with the windows open and the air and the wind, it would have been a full blown structure fire within a few minutes I'm sure," said Charlotte Assistant Fire Chief Rob Mullin.

But luckily someone passing by saw the smoke and called 911.  About 30 firefighters responded. 

"We were relaxing and heard all the commotion and looked out and saw all the firetrucks," said Susan Thompson, who reported the fire.

Fire officials say no one was in the Greenbush Road house when the fire began.  Investigators are trying to determine what caused the fire, but at this time they do not think it is suspicious.  "There's some smoke damage throughout the whole house. The fire damage and water damage confined to that one room we believe," Assistant Chief Mullin said.

The damage struck a cord with Thompson, who lived in the home as a kid.  She was visiting her parents down the street when she saw smoke coming from her old home.  "It was really very sad. I came out and got a little emotional seeing it.  I always loved this house," she said.

There were no injuries.  Fire officials believe the family of four who live there will be able to return home within a few days.

The homeowner told Channel 3 that although he's upset about the fire, he's glad it wasn't worse. 

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