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Firefighters make quick work of small shed burning east of Pelion Wednesday morning

Pelion, SC – 02/17/2021 (Paul Kirby) – A small shed that caught fire and burned was quickly put out by Lexington County firefighters early Wednesday morning. The fire was reported to be burning at Clayhill Road near Aiken Craft Road in an area that lies between the Sharpe’s Hill and Pelion communities.

The fire was reported around 5:30 a.m. and a full structural response was dispatched because the caller identified the building as a shed. While enroute to the fire, Lexington County’s 911 center notified all responding units that the caller said that the fire was spreading toward some woods.

When the first two trucks from the fire service pulled up, the firefighters quickly deployed their hoses and had the fire out in moments. They were able to release much of the other responding fire and emergency equipment before it could even arrive on the scene.

The ambient temperature was hovering around 28 degrees at the time of the fire. No cause of the fire has been determined at this point.

Often, shed fires in cold weather are started by heating devices. People use portable heating devices or high wattage incandescent light bulbs to warm water pumps, animals’ sleeping areas, and other things they do not want exposed to the cold and freeze.

Fire prevention specialists advise that if you have to use a portable heater for any reason, give it ample space. There should be a minimum of 36 inches between the heater and anything combustible. Never use one around flammable liquids. If a portable heater such as one fueled by kerosene is used indoors, make sure you have a working carbon monoxide detector in your home. If you do not have working smoke or carbon monoxide detectors in your home, contact the Lexington County Fire Service’s Fire Marshal’s Office and they will arrange to install those for you. A Smoke Detector Installation Form can be submitted by email by following this link. CLICK HERE


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