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Fire destroys Duckwood Road home

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By Reece Murphy

A fire destroyed a home on Duckwood Road outside of the Buford community Nov. 9.
In an unconnected case, the Lancaster Police Department is investigating a suspicious fire that burned a vacant home Monday afternoon.
Firefighters with Antioch, Rich Hill, Flat Creek, Buford and Kershaw volunteer fire departments responded to the fire, reported at 11:30 a.m. Saturday at a small wood-frame home at 1224 Duckwood Road.
The site is located approximately one mile south of Taxahaw Road near Union Baptist Church.
Though details on the source of the fire were still unavailable by press time Tuesday, firefighters on the scene said the fire appeared to have started in the back of the house in the kitchen area.
Firefighters described the fire as burning intensely hot when they arrived, fueled by the heart of pine framework of the old bungalow-style home.
The fire left the kitchen area completely destroyed and spread to a small workshop. Smoke, heat and water damage was extensive throughout the home.
Lancaster County emergency officials called the Red Cross to assist the family who lived in the house, none of whom were believed to have been home when the fire started.
Suspicious fire
Lancaster firefighters responded to a house fire at 708 Sumter St. about 4:22 p.m. Monday.
According to the Lancaster Police Department incident report, the rear portion of the home was fully engulfed when investigators arrived and appears to have started in the rear of the house, possibly on the back porch.
A neighbor said she didn’t see or hear anyone suspicious around the house.
Anyone with information about the fire is encouraged to call the Lancaster Police Department at (803) 283-1171, (803) 283-3313,or the LPD’s anonymous tip hotline at (803) 289-6040.

Contact reporter Reece Murphy at (803) 283-1151.