An out-of-control grass fire Thursday afternoon burned a large wooden storage building containing tools, causing $10,000 worth of damage.
The fire took place on a residential lot in the 300 block of Woodcrest Drive in the Sharpes Hill community of Lexington County.
The fire started after illegal controlled burn spun out of control due to windy conditions, said Lexington County Fire Service Battalion Chief John Hendrix.
A warning ticket was issued to the property owner, Hendrix said.
The fire stayed on the man’s property — otherwise he would have been fined, Hendrix said.
Hendrix said the losses the man suffered should teach him a lesson.
The man could have been fined up to $1,092.
If the Lexington Fire Service had not arrived on the scene and put the fire out, it could have spread to neighboring properties, said Hendrix.
Any outdoor burning must be 75 feet from property lines or structures and should be constantly attended until the fire is extinguished.
The South Carolina Forestry Commission should also be notified before burning is conducted in the unincorporated areas.
Lexington residents with questions regarding outdoor burning , please contact the Lexington County Fire Service at (803) 785-8141 for further information.