Officials: Third Gastonia house fire intentionally set

The Gastonia Fire Department responded to another intentionally set house fire early Wednesday morning.

Firefighters were called out to the 1100 block of Essex Street in Gastonia around 12:23 a.m.

When firefighters arrived they found a one story home with smoke and flames visible. They were able to extinguish the fire in ten minutes. No injuries were reported.

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The house was vacant and an estimated $10,000 in damages was caused by the fire.

This is the third fire the department has ruled as intentionally set since Tuesday.