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Elgin garage fire spreads to other properties
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Firefighters (left) work to put out the final flames at an Elgin home in the path of a fire that originated from a welding accident in a garage (below) on Sun Valley Road, Elgin. Officials said wind Monday afternoon was to blame for the flames traveling as far and as fast as they did. - photo by Keri Todd Boyce
A blaze that originated in a Sun Valley Road, Elgin, garage spread down the street to burn multiple garages, workshops, yards, a car and one home Monday afternoon. An Elgin man was using an oxygen acetylene torch in his workshop, officials said, when an explosion ignited flames. The hose to the torch was burned off and all the knobs were still in the “on” position by the time David West, the S.C. Forestry Commission’s law enforcement chief, arrived on scene.