STANLY COUNTY, N.C. (FOX 46 CHARLOTTE) - Stanly County investigators are looking into what caused a fire that killed two men.
The small community of Badin is mourning the loss of their two neighbors killed just a day after Christmas.
“It's just a shock to the whole neighborhood that this has happened right after Christmas. It just took the whole neighborhood by surprise and shock,” neighbor Phyllis Hamilton said.
Hamilton says she's known the two men who lived in the house on Jackson St. for years, and that they comforted her in a time of need.
“I lost my husband a couple of years ago and the gentlemen were right here for me. They just came and talked to me and showed their love for me, and I want to be there for their family also,” said Hamilton. “I'm going to really miss them. Both of them they were real nice.”
The flames ripped through the house collapsing the ceiling and the floor, fire officials say.
“They were good people got along with everybody. Everybody loved them. They had those type of personalities that you could just get along with them,”
According to investigators, once firefighters put out the flames, they found two bodies in the middle bedroom.
“Everybody in this community looks out for one another. When something bad happens we’ll be there for each other. That's the type of neighborhood that this is.”
An official with the Fire Marshal's office says it’s impossible to tell if there were working smoking detectors in the home because of the extensive damage, but investigators do not believe the smoke detectors were functional.
“Badin's one of those towns where most everyone knows everyone, so it's extremely difficult,” Hamilton said.
The identities of the men who died have not been released by officials. They say the Medical Examiner's Office will be releasing the names of the men at a later time.