MOORESVILLE, N.C. - At least ten homes that were under construction are heavily damaged following a huge fire that broke out overnight in a Mooresville subdivision, authorities said.
The massive fire happened around 1:30 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 23 on Kistler Farm Road in Mooresville.
A FOX 46 viewer sent in video of the 4-alarm blaze burning out of control. About 50 firefighters fought the flames for an hour before the fire was extinguished.
"Six homes were a total loss. There was a seventh one that was severely damaged and there were a few others that did have some damage in the area," said Chief Curt Deaton with the Mooresville Fire Department.
Photo: The aftermath of the massive fire on Kistler Farm Road in Mooresville overnight
As multiple fire crews arrived at the scene, multiple homes were engulfed in flames.
The fire appears to have spread from one house to the next. Fortunately, Tuesday's soaking rain drenched the dry and brittle fields nearby.
"It was nice to have rain to prevent any secondary fire," Deaton said.
Several agencies are working to determine the cause including the ATF, State Fire Marshall, SBI and Mooresville police. Investigators launched drones and walked k-9's around the scene to help find what started the blaze.
"Mooresville Fire Rescue does have several drone pilots and we use that for documentation for our purposes and for the homeowners' purpose to try to make sure that we can photograph things before they get moved around and before they hopefully start rebuilding this community."
While the cause remains a mystery, FOX 46 has learned the construction site was accessible to the public.
"This is a public street just like any other in the city. There are no gates or anything, it's an active construction site just like you'd see in any other community."
The homes were not for purchase, they were only for lease and rent. FOX 46 reached out to the company that owns the homes, but they have not responsed at this time.