A Charlotte Fire Department spokesman said Monday, per The Associated Press, that the blaze started around 4 a.m. ET. Significant smoke damage could be seen in the attic and roof.
Early indications are that the fire was accidental, per CFD Captain Rob Brisley. It took about an hour for the fire to be extinguished, per The AP.
"You are looking at a large house with damage to the roof and attic area," Brisley said. "Anytime you are faced with a fire and your family is displaced it is significant for the homeowner and it is significant for the family. We are just grateful that there are no injuries."
The Charlotte Observer's Joe Person spoke to Rivera briefly Monday morning. "You know what they say, we're rebuilding," Rivera said.