Special to Iredell Free News

Mooresville Fire-Rescue and South Iredell Volunteer Fire Department firefighters quickly extinguished a house fire on Monday afternoon, preventing significant damage to the structure.

When firefighters arrived at the home on Pine Street around 2:30 p.m., there was no fire or smoke visible according to an MFR news release. Upon entry into the home, however, crews discovered a small working fire in the attic and brought it under control in less than 20 minutes.

One occupant was home at the time of the fire and is credited with quickly calling 9-1-1 to report the fire which resulted in a limited amount of damage, fire officials said.

There were no working smoke alarms in the home, according to the news release.

“Had this fire continued into the night or occurred when the residents were asleep, we likely would be talking about a very different outcome,” explained Fire Marshal Geoff Woolard.

MFR encourages all homeowners and occupants to have at least one working smoke alarm on each level of their home and test alarms monthly.

After an investigation by the Mooresville Fire Marshal’s Office, the cause was determined to be related to electrical wiring in the home. Fire investigators will refer the case to Iredell County Building Standards for any necessary follow-up.

Iredell County EMS also assisted with the incident.