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Fire causes serious damage to Bethelwood Lane home

Nov. 6. Updated. A fire in the 20500 block of Bethelwood Lane caused considerable damage to a large lakefront home early this morning.

Cornelius-Lemley Volunteer Fire Dept. officials said the call came in from a fire alarm just before 3 am. Soon thereafter a 911 call came in, fire officials said.

All residents and pets got out safely. No firefighters were injured.

Firefighters found smoke coming from the house and a working fire under way. Huntersville, Denver and Davidson fire departments responded as well, including fireboats from Denver and Cornelius.

The lakefront homes on Bethelwood are set far back from the street; a fire hydrant was roughly 1,000 feet away. Many of the properties are valued at $1.5 million and up.

Thirty-five firefighters were on scene, said Captain EJ McCormick. There is damage on every floor of the home.

Firefighters did a “phenomenal job,” McCormick said, explaining that firefighters were aggressive and got the fire stopped faster than they would have thought based on what they saw when they arrived on scene. “It could have gone one way or another,” McCormick said.

The Mecklenburg Fire Marshall’s office is investigating the cause of the fire.

UPDATE: According to Mecklenburg County records, the 9,851-square-foot home is assessed at $2.8 million. The structure alone is valued at $1.59 million.

Fire caused serious damage to home on Bethelwood/Cornelius Fire Department photo