Saturday house fire doused by Lugoff crews without incident

A house fire in Lugoff on Saturday was extinguished without any injuries, Lugoff Fire-Rescue said Monday.

Fire chief Dennis K. Ray said Lugoff Fire-Rescue responded to a house fire on Riverside Dr. shortly before 9 p.m. The occupants of the house escaped the fire and were in the yard when crews arrived, said Ray, who described smoke coming from the rear of the house with fire showing on the porch and roof.

With two firefighters hosing down the rear of the house, Ray said a second crew entered and removed the ceiling to access the attic and stop the fire from spreading.

“The fire was stopped and controlled within about 6 minutes of the crews entering the home,” Ray said of the incident which included help from other rescue agencies, in addition to the Red Cross which provided support to the residents.

Lugoff Fire Marshal Will Catoe investigated the fire and ruled the cause to be unattended cooking in the kitchen. Damage is estimated around $20,000.

Lugoff crews have run a total of 86 calls so far in the month including two home fires in the last two weeks.