Investigators seek cause of mountain wildfire

The Associated Press

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BLACK MOUNTAIN — Fire investigators say it could take several days to determine what started a fire that destroyed two homes in the mountains of western North Carolina.

But investigators said Tuesday that winds made the fire near Black Mountain worse.

The fire Monday afternoon destroyed two vacation homes.

Investigators think the fire started in one of the houses and spread to the other homes.

No one was hurt.

Buncombe assistant fire marshal Jerry Leatherwood said determining how the fire started will take time because of the extensive damage.

Leatherwood said the owners of both houses live in Florida and use the houses as summer homes. No one was in either home when the fire started.

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