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Call First Before Burning Storm Debris

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North Augusta, S.C. - Graniteville fire officials spent the evening extinguishing a fire started by a property owner burning debris left over from the ice storm.  That fire destroyed three empty mobile homes and a couple of storage trailers off of Blanchard Road in North Augusta.   

Graniteville V.W. Volunteer Fire Department Incident Commander Chris Alverson said it was a gorgeous day for golf, but not for burning trash. 

That was not what Freddy Williams was thinking as he and his helpers set the rubbish ablaze.

“It just got out of hand what was burning,” Williams said.

Williams was not living in the mobile homes and had planned to tear down the shed on his property. 

Alverson told News Channel Six that the fire moved fast.  

“It was a lot of fire and it was a lot of smoke and the ground cover fires were moving pretty fast so we called some help pretty quick,” he said.

 A fire crew of 36 people and about five trucks battled the blaze that spread to three trailers and two storage buildings.  Williams said he planned to clean up the tree limbs thinking the location was prime.

He said, “I thought that we were putting it in an open field, but the sparks got into the open field and it just got caught up.”

Alverson said there were no injuries. 

He added that in the future, people riding their homes of debris need to be selective in the burning process.

“We need to pick the right day and make sure we’re not burning on a hazardous day or a high wind day. A lot of things are dry right now and that’s kind of tough.  I understand a lot of people are cleaning up storm damage and debris.  That’s the best way to do it obviously, but we need to call in those permits too,” Alverson said.

The fire was contained within about two hours.  The owner did not have a permit and did not receive a citation.  Alverson said anyone considering a burn should call (800) 895-7057.

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