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Fires destroy two homes over weekend

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By Chris Sardelli

Two homes were destroyed in separate fires only hours apart over the weekend.
A Lancaster man told Lancaster County deputies that he and his family returned home from eating dinner late Saturday night when they noticed fire coming from the roof of his house at 958 Rock Hill Highway.
He immediately called the fire department and then ran to the back of his house in an attempt to turn off the house’s main breaker, an incident report said.
Zion, Van Wyck and Riverside volunteer fire departments responded to the scene.
The cause of the fire is unknown, but the man told deputies he thinks the fire may have started in the electrical system of the house. Red Cross services were offered to the family, but they declined the assistance, the report said.
The house, valued at $60,000, was a total loss.
Almost four hours later, a Kershaw man escaped from a fire that destroyed the house he was living in.
A man who was renting a house at 3345 Kennington Road, Kershaw, told deputies that he was sleeping on a couch near the front of the house when he woke up early Sunday morning to hear his dogs barking. That’s when he noticed the room was full of smoke, and he ran outside.
He told deputies that he wasn’t sure how the fire started, but he also told them he was using three space heaters.
He said the fire probably started near the back of the house because he didn’t see any flames as he ran out the front door, a report said.
The owner of the house told deputies that the house was valued at $80,000.
Sheriff Barry Faile said neither of the fires is suspicious, though he doesn’t know the cause of either blaze.
IL home damaged  in kitchen fire
Deputies responded to a fire at an Indian Land home on Dec. 14.
An Indian Land woman told deputies that she was cooking at her 1007 Marcus St. home when the fire broke out. She said oil splashed out of a pan she was cooking in, catching the stove on fire, an incident report said.
The fire grew larger as she called 911, she said. She called employees with Regent Builders, one of whom came to her home and put the fire out, the report said.
The Pleasant Valley Volunteer Fire Department responded to the scene.
The fire damaged her electric stove, a microwave and kitchen cabinets. Damage was estimated at $2,000.    

Contact reporter Chris Sardelli  at csardelli@thelancasternews.com or at (803) 416-8416