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Woman burned in Lugoff house fire

Posted: November 29, 2013 5:29 p.m.
Updated: December 2, 2013 5:00 a.m.

A Lugoff woman is back in the area with relatives following treatment at the Augusta Burn Center for injuries suffered in a Nov. 23 house fire. The woman suffered burns to both hands. Lugoff Fire Department (LFD) firefighters treated the woman at the scene before EMS transported her to Palmetto Richland in Columbia and then on to Augusta.

According to a LFD press release, firefighters responded to the home on Oakridge Drive in the Pepperidge subdivision. LFD Engine 10 arrived to find heavy fire coming from the front door and heavy smoke from both sides of the home. Fire crews fought the fire with two attack lines, stopping the fire from progressing further. With assistance from the Pine Grove Fire Department, LFD crews connected to a fire hydrant down the street and were able to extinguish the fire. The LFD said the home suffered extensive fire, smoke and heat damage.

Lugoff Fire Battalion 1 commanded the incident and confirmed that the homeowner was able to exit the home safely during the fire after hearing a smoke detector in the living room. No other injuries were reported.

“Our initial crews were met by intense fire coming from the front of the home as soon as they arrived,” LFD Chief Dennis Ray said. “Our first concern is always any occupants in the home; which were quickly located outside the house as the crews began extinguishing the fire. While our firefighters did a great job stopping the fire from progressing, the fire had already consumed a lot of the home. We are thankful that the owner was able to get out safely and get treatment for the burns quickly.”

LFD investigators determined the cause of the fire to be a wax candle in the living room of the home. Damage to the home is estimated at more than $168,000. In addition to Pine Grove, firefighters from the Blaney and Doby’s Mill fire departments assisted with the incident.

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