Man rescued from burning home

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By Jenny Hartley

INDIAN LAND – An Indian Land man was taken to a North Carolina burn center after a fire broke out at his Henry Harris Road home late Tuesday morning.

Fire departments were called to the fire at 11:14 a.m., said Stephen Blackwelder of Lancaster County Fire Service. Indian Land, Pleasant Valley, Fort Mill

 and Wesley Chapel, with 32 firefighters in all, responded to the fire. Lancaster County Fire Service officials also responded.

The fire was reported by a neighbor who saw smoke and flames coming from the 57-year-old man’s house.

The fire service wasn’t releasing the man’s name late Tuesday afternoon because officials were still trying to notify his family. He was taken to the N.C.

Jaycee Burn Center in Chapel Hill. His condition was unavailable Tuesday afternoon.

Firefighters had to knock down some of the fire before they could go into the home to search for the man, Blackwelder said.

The fire appears to have started in a first-floor bedroom on one end of the two-story home. The man was found in a bathroom on the opposite end of the house, Blackwelder said.

The man was burned and was unable to speak to firefighters. Blackwelder said he did not know Tuesday how the fire started.

The home is surrounded by trees in a secluded area of Henry Harris Road, near the Ravenwood subdivison. After the man was taken from the home

on a stretcher and loaded onto an ambulance, firefighters could be seen on the roof of the home. One broke through the roof with a chainsaw.

The fire is under investigation by the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office and the State Law Enforcement Division, Blackwelder said.


Contact Jenny Hartley at 283-1151 or jhartley@thelancasternews.com