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Posted March 14, 2013 EST

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Old York Highway 2-Alarm Structure Fire
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United States (North Carolina) - Firefighters from nine departments battled a two alarm structure fire, early Thursday morning in Gaston County, North Carolina. At 4:30 am Tuesday morning, Crowders Mountain Fire Rescue, and Union Road Volunteer Fire Department received a dispatch of a reported structure on fire at: 4024 Old York Road in Gaston County.

Training Officer Gary Adair from Crowder's Mountain Fire & Rescue, was first on the scene and witnessed a one story commercial strip mall, with flames coming through the roof of one of the businesses.

When fire apparatus arrived, a defensive attack was ordered citing the amount of fire present, the fact that the businesses were vacant, and the structures integrity.

A second alarm was pulled for manpower.

Firefighters from The Gastonia Fire Department, Agriculture Center Volunteer Fire Department, Ranlo Fire & Rescue, New Hope Volunteer Fire Department, Bethany-Santiago Volunteer Fire Department, Clover Fire Department and Bethel Volunteer Fire Department assisted on the call.

A total of 14 apparatus, and approximately 65 personnel from all departments were present.

Crews were on the scene for over 4 hours.

The name of the strip mall was Gunn's Mini Mall.

Firefighters were able to save the contents of 2 of the 4 businesses housed in the mini mall.

No injuries to firefighters or civilians were reported.

The cause of the fire is under investigation by the Gaston County Fire Investigations Task Force.

Photos by Crowders Mountain Fire Rescue
Written by Chris Stowe