Fire that firefighters fought in the early morning and thought to be a mobile home fire was actually
Sharpe’s Hill, SC (Paul Kirby) – A fire that was thought to be a mobile home fire early Monday morning has been determined to be an un-authorized burn. Firefighters from more than five county fire stations were awakened at about 2 a.m. Monday after someone reported what they thought was a mobile home on fire in the 700 block of Mimosa Drive near Sharpes Hill. When the firefighters arrived, they found a fire that instead was in clear violation of Lexington County and SC’s burning laws.
According to Harrison Cahill, spokesman for Lexington County, the property owner at the address had been dismantling an old camper that was in his yard and burning the pieces. Someone apparently saw the remnants of the fire, thought the mobile home was burning, and dialed 911. Once firefighters arrived on the scene and discovered what was going on, the fire was extinguished. The property’s owner was given information regarding what can and can’t be legally burned and all the fire trucks and crews returned to their stations.
In Lexington County, as is the case in almost all areas of SC, you can not burn anything but organic material in its natural state outdoors. This means that wood products that have been modified from the original tree can’t be burned. This would be any type of lumber or boards. It is also illegal to burn paper products, cardboard, or plastics and trash too. There are a host of other laws that dictate where and when you can burn outdoors. A detailed copy of Lexington County’s Burn Ordinance can be found on their website at www.lex-co.sc.gov or by clicking HERE.