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Fire destroys home in Pelion Wednesday night

Pelion, SC (Paul Kirby) – A home was destroyed by fire in the Pelion area of Lexington County Wednesday night. The home was located in the 400 block of Old Charleston Road, near where it intersects with Shortcut Road.

Firefighters responded from a number of Lexington County stations to battle the blaze. A crew from Lexington County EMS also responded to stand-by during the fight. They help monitor the safety of the firefighters and anyone else who is on the scene as the fire rips through the home.

Crews quickly brought the fire under control, but much of the damage was done even before the fire service units arrived on the scene. In fires such as these, it takes a relatively small amount of smoke and heat to completely destroy the structure and its occupants' possessions.

Fire crews from the county’s Pelion station returned later that night to check for rekindles at the home. Rekindles are instances where small, sometimes smoldering coals or hidden hotspots begin to free burn again. This can eventually grow into a fire equal or even larger in size than the original fire. Rekindles can do more damage and once again endanger firefighters and other responders who are dispatched to put that fire out.

The exact cause of the fire and the estimated property loss to the home have not been released by the county.

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