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Fires destroy homes in Indian Land, Elgin

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By Reece Murphy

Fires destroyed two homes in two days this week, one a suspicious fire in Indian Land, the other a fire at a small home in the Elgin community with nobody home.
Lancaster County Fire Marshal Stephen Blackwelder said the fire in Indian Land occurred Tuesday about 7:44 a.m. at a double-wide mobile home at 10829 Rise Lane.
Blackwelder said the home was fully ablaze when firefighters with Pleasant Valley, Indian Land and Fort Mill fire departments arrived. The three adult residents of the home were outside and uninjured, he said, though a pet dog was trapped inside and died.
Blackwelder said the fire appeared to have started in a bathroom, but declined to identify the source. He said the issue has been turned over to the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office for investigation.
“Things just didn’t quite add up, quite honestly,” Blackwelder said. “I’ll just say there were some things we were concerned about, and we wanted them to look at it.”
The results of the sheriff’s office investigation were not available by press time Thursday.
Elgin fire
The fire in the Elgin community happened about 5:54 Thursday morning at an approximately 1,000-square-foot home at 1712 Kershaw Camden Highway.
Blackwelder said no one was injured in the fire since no one was home, a fact that was not immediately obvious from the number of vehicles in the yard.
“There were three cars in the yard and several motorcycles,” Blackwelder said. “That was a source of concern because we didn’t know if somebody was inside or not.”
Blackwelder said to his knowledge, none of the home’s occupants showed up while firefighters were on scene.
He said the source of the fire appeared to have been electrical in nature and not considered suspicious.
 
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