CHARLOTTE, NC (FOX 46 WJZY) - A husband and wife are dead after a massive 2-alarm fire destroyed a southeast Charlotte home overnight, fire officials said.
The fire happened at 1:23 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 1 at a house located at 8315 Wingfield Lane.
The couple has been identified by family as Dennis and Susan Swafford. Their dog, "Sandy" also died in the fire.
This is a picture sent to us by Dennis Swafford’s family. They say Dennis and his wife Susan were killed in a house fire on Wingfield Lane in Charlotte. pic.twitter.com/L73JCZdELD— Robin Kanady (@RobinFox46) February 1, 2018
Firefighters found the couple and their dog deceased inside the house early Thursday morning. It took approximately 50 firefighters about 40 minutes to get the large fire under control.
Several hours passed before authorities could confirm the two bodies found inside the burned home were a man and a woman.
“This building is unsafe.” CLT Fire Captain tells me they did everything they could to fight fire and search for people when they heard someone was inside burning home on Wingfield Ln. 2 people perished along w dog. Can’t say for sure if the victims live in this home. @FOX46News pic.twitter.com/izWCOEdKnc— Lauren Dugan (@DuganFOX46) February 1, 2018
ATF and SBI agents have joined CMPD and Charlotte Fire in the death and fire investigation. The ATF Task Force is usually called in to investigate cases of arson.
The cause and origin of the fire remain under investigation.