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Family escapes fire that destroys Haigs Creek home

Posted: March 20, 2012 4:53 p.m.
Updated: March 21, 2012 5:00 a.m.
Martin L. Cahn/C-I

Passerby could still smell the odor of smoke coming from this house on Lillifield Lane in the Haigs Creek subdivision near Elgin around noon Tuesday. Lightning struck the home during a storm Saturday night. A woman and her grandchildren made it safely out of the home thanks to a passerby who noticed the flames.

Three days later and the odor of charred timbers still reached the quiet street at noon Tuesday.

A woman and her grandchildren escaped a fire Saturday night that destroyed her home in the Haigs Creek subdivision outside Elgin. According to Kershaw County Fire Marshal Gene Faulkenberry, a lightning strike started the fire, completely destroying the home on Lillifield Drive, a car, golf cart and at least one other piece of personal property.

“It was fully involved when firefighters arrived,” Faulkenberry said. “There was heavy fire showing upon arrival.”

The Blaney Fire Department’s Bradley Branham said the woman living there didn’t know her house was on fire at first.

“She said she felt and heard the lightning, but didn’t realize the house was on fire until a neighbor told her,” Branham said. “Everybody got out OK.”

Faulkenberry said in addition to Blaney, the Doby’s Mill, Pine Grove and Lugoff fire departments responded to the house fire. In all, Branham said, some 24 firefighters worked the scene. Faulkenberry and Branham said crews spent five hours putting out the fire.

“It’s a big house. We wanted to make sure we got it all out before we left,” Branham said.

Even then, crews had to return twice Sunday morning to knock flames down as timbers rekindled.

Blaney firefighters were already on the scene of a woods fire off Barfield Road when the call came in for the Lillifield Road house fire around 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Replacement crews were sent to Barfield Road so Blaney could respond to Haigs Creek.

Faulkenberry said the home was “100 percent destroyed” with estimated losses at $300,000 for the property and $100,000 for the home’s contents.


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