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Firefighters fight 5-acre blaze in Red Bank, arson suspected

Red Bank, SC (Paul Kirby) – Firefighters from Lexington County fought multiple woods fires that consumed approximately 5-acres near Old Orangeburg and Platt Springs Road Wednesday afternoon. They first responded to a small brush fire; but when they arrived they found several more burning in the same general vicinity. Eventually, the incident commander asked for the Sheriff’s Department to respond because he felt that the fires may be intentionally set.

A tractor plow unit from the SC Forestry Commission responded and plowed a break in the ground around the area to contain the fire. Harrison Cahill, spokesman for Lexington County, said citizens may see smoke coming from the area for some time; however, the fire break should contain it.

According to Captain Adam Myrick of the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department, they are being assisted by investigators from the SC Forestry Commission while they are looking into the cause of the fires.

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