A Lugoff-area family has been displaced, but is safe, after fire alarms alerted them to an early morning fire in their home, according to fire officials.
Fire Chief Dennis K. Ray said firefighters responded to the home on Lander Lane in the Hunter's Crossing subdivision around 12 a.m. Wednesday morning after receiving calls from multiple neighbors that the house was on fire.
Ray said it took four crews of firefighters an hour and a half to control the fire, which destroyed 90 percent of the home with major fire and heat damage. Firefighters also had to extinguish the vinyl paneling of the neighboring home as it began to melt from the heat of the fire.
Ray said firefighters were faced with delays in fighting the fire after having to use nearly 1,000 feet large-diameter fire hydrant line because there was no fire hydrant close to the home. Firefighters also had to thaw out cylinders used in their air packs because of the cold temperatures.
The cause of the fire is still being investigated by the Lugoff Fire Marshal’s Office, but initial reports show the fire may have started from the front-porch area of the home.
The estimated damage to the home is $120,000, according to Ray, but because the homeowner's fire alarms were operating properly, there were no injuries to report.