Camper Catches Fire After Brush Fire In Aiken Neighborhood
By Mike Miller, WJBF Weekend Anchor and Investigative Reporter - email
North Augusta, SC -
The fire happened in the Hunters Gate Subdivision in North Augusta. Firefighters were able to keep the fire away from homes, but there is significant damage to just about everything in the homeowner's yards.
"It looked like hell. Like a big, black hell,"Dominique Wilner said.
A grass fire damaged 4 backyards, some fences and a camper. Wilner says the smoke could be seen from miles away.
"I was actually in my neighbor's front yard when we heard a big explosion," she said.
Firefighters say the explosion could have come from the camper or a pontoon boat that caught fire. Nobody was injured, but the siding of one home was damaged from the heat. It took firefighters about an hour to put out the blaze.
"At this time we have no official cause of the fire, we do have a member from the Aiken County Sheriff's Office as well as the South Carolina State Forestry Division in route to determine the cause of the fire, " G.V.W. Fire Department Captain Alan Kneece said.
Although investigators are still trying to determine the cause, Wilner says she has an idea of how the fire got started.
"Some of our neighbors like to burn trash from time to time because they think it's a lot easier and it can preserve the ground a little bit more," Wilner said.
Damian Roberts says he was working when a neighbor called him to tell him his backyard was on fire.
"My neighbor called. He jumped the fence with the water hose and was trying to do as much as he could to keep the fire from the house," Roberts said.
Roberts' home wasn't damaged, but his backyard didn't fare too well, in fact, this is the second time in two weeks he has had damage there.
"We had the ice storm. My neighbor's tree fell on my fence. And today, we had a fire. It's done damage as you can see," he said.
Fire investigators say they do have an idea about how the fire got started, but they wouldn't comment on whether or not it started when a neighbor was burning trash.