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Gaston police Chief C.L. Dixon confirmed this morning a report by Gaston Fire-Rescue-EMS that a fire at an abandoned house is of a suspicious origin.

He said there is the possibility it might have been intentionally set.

Gaston fire Chief Ed Porter said in a statement Gaston and Garysburg fire departments were dispatched shortly after 10:45 Thursday night to a residential structure fire on Ashe Street.

Responding firefighters found the single-story abandoned house engulfed. 

Firefighters pulled handlines and contained the fire within 10 minutes. 

Firefighters remained on scene for nearly three hours conducting fire suppression and overhaul operations. 

Over 30 firefighters were on the scene. 

The structure sustained heavy fire and smoke damage throughout. The cause of the fire is currently under investigation and is suspicious in nature. 

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Gaston police at 252-537-1047 or Northampton County Crimestoppers at 252-534-1110.