Tuesday, April 2, 2013
Foul play is not suspected in a fire that destroyed a home on Lakewood Avenue in Kensington on Tuesday morning.
When Georgetown County firefighters arrived on the scene at about 7 a.m. Tuesday, flames were shooting through the roof of the single-story house.
The home had been vacant for several months, neighbors said, and was for sale.
The owner, Cleona Gore, no longer lived in the home after her husband, Elbert, passed away in 2010.
Georgetown County Assistant Fire Chief Tony Hucks said itís believed the fire may have been burning inside the house for sometime before anyone saw smoke. He said because of spring break, residents in the neighborhood were not out and about as early as normal.
Traffic on U.S. Highway 701 was detoured for about an hour while the firefighting efforts took place. Thatís because, Hucks said, the closest and best fire hydrant was across the highway from the burning home.
Firefighters kept water on the two neighboring houses. One of the houses was not damaged but the vinyl siding on the other house ó belonging to State Rep. Carl Anderson ó did buckle from the heat.
While the cause of the fire is not considered suspicious, Hucks said the investigation is continuing to try to determine its origin.
By Scott Harper