Lincolnton Police Detective Dennis Harris is asking for help from the public in finding who is responsible for a burglary and fire at a Huss Street residence early Sunday morning. Harris says the evidence confirms that a breakin occurred at the residence and while the exact cause of the fire is not being released, he says it is being treated as a case of arson. Numerous items were missing from the home--others were destroyed by the fire and resulting water and heat damage.
The Lincolnton Fire Department got the call to the home at 504 Huss Street at 3:30 Sunday morning (Dec. 8th). According to Chief Mitch Burgin, "The first unit on-scene encountered a single story residential structure with smoke and flames showing from a rear bedroom and through the roof above the bedroom. The fire was extinguished but is still under investigation. The occupants were out of town at the time of the fire." Boger City firemen assisted in fighting the fire.
While there were no injuries, the Derrick Thompson family (Thompson, his wife and two children ages 5 & 7) lost all their Christmas gifts, their furniture, their clothes and almost everything else that was in the home. The house itself was left standing, but there was major smoke, water and heat damage that will make it unliveable without a major renovation.
The Thompson's dogs were not injured in the fire. A neighbor was keeping one of the animals and another was chained outside. Harris said reports that cars were set afire were incorrect. One older car parked close to the house was damaged. A pickup truck parked further away from the house was not.
One of our Lincoln Herald readers posted the following on our Facebook page:
For those of you who don't already know....one of our athletes at ODYSSEY LTOWN..... Courtney Thompson....her dad Derrick who is our Zebra OZZY during competitions found out this morning that their house had burned downed and nothing was left!!!! We have been away at nationals since Friday. Someone broke into their house ......stole all their valuables and all the kids Christmas presents....then set the house and their cars on fire. We are all devastated for this awesome family! We will be sending info to ODYSSEY LTOWN via email. Thank you to the families who have already given monetary donations to help them out over the next few days. Please pray for the Thompsons and our ODYSSEY Family as we reach out to help our friends/family! Derrick said to me today....my family is safe......it's just a house! All while knowing his family is going home to nothing! Sure wish I was that humble and had that much strength!!!
Detective Harris said a relative came to feed the dog and check on the house Saturday evening and everything was OK. He said the burglary likely occurred about 2 AM. That's when someone was seen on the porch of the home by a passerby. Another motorist reported the fire after seeing smoke coming from the home shortly before 3:30 AM. Detective Harris said anyone who can supply information that might be helpful is asked to contact him at the Lincolnton Police Department at 704-736-8900 or CrimeStoppers at 704-736-8909. You may receive a reward if your information supplied to CrimeStoppers helps solve the case and you can remain anonymous.