A smoke alarm saved a home and residents Tuesday evening, March 7, in what was the eighth fire of the day for Burton firefighters. Photo courtesy of Burton Fire District

Smoke alarm saves residence on busy day in Burton

From staff reports

Just past 10:30 p.m. last evening, Burton firefighters and Beaufort County EMS responded to a reported home fire in Beaufort County’s Pleasant Farm community when a neighbor called 911 after seeing flames in a garage. The residents of the home, who were awakened by their smoke alarm, were attempting to put the fire out using pots of water and a fire extinguisher.

Firefighters arrived on scene and reported heaving smoke coming from an attached garage to a single-story home and were able to extinguish the growing fire in the garage before it spread to the home. The garage sustained heavy fire damages, and while the home was spared fire damage, it did sustain minor smoke damage; however, the residents were not displaced.

No injuries were reported. Fire investigators determined that the fire was caused by a yard debris fire that the residents thought they had extinguished earlier but had rekindled and spread to the home. This is the third time this year for the Burton Fire District involving a trash or yard debris fire that spread and damaged a structure.

Just before 10:30 p.m., only moments before this fire was reported, Burton firefighters and county EMS responded to a reported house fire in Seabrook when a stove fire started while the residents were preparing food. The residents had extinguished the fire by using a pan lid prior to the arrival of emergency crews. No injures were reported, but the cabinets and an overhead microwave sustained minor fire damages.

Earlier throughout the afternoon and evening, the Burton Fire District responded to three illegal trash fires, two brush fires, and along with the Sheldon Fire District, a vehicle fire on the Whale Branch Bridge. No injuries were reported in any of these fires, and only the vehicle sustained fire damage.

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