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WAXHAW, N.C. - Investigators are still looking to identify the person who purposely started a fire that torched a home in Waxhaw this summer.

By the time firefighters reached the house fire on Lillieshall Road on July 9, the home was already destroyed.

The blaze sparked early around 5:20 a.m. According to Assistant Chief Jimmy Kubach of the Wesley Chapel Fire Department, the fire was so hot it melted the vinyl off two neighboring homes.

On Tuesday morning, AirStar 36 footage showed crews had torn down what was left of the home, but investigators still have not made any arrests.

Kubach told NewsChannel 36 the home was nearly 75 percent engulfed in flames by the time his crews arrived. It took them nearly 30 minutes to douse the flames after two bikers first saw the flames from Rea Road and came by to help.

Investigators think they found traces of accelerant and an incendiary device, but have not released further details.

Much of the damage happened to the rear of the house. Neighbors say the family who lived inside was on a vacation when their home burned to the ground.

It was surreal, said one neighbor earlier this summer. I've never seen a fire in real life but if you've ever seen the movie 'The Towering Inferno,' that's exactly what it looked like.

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