UNION — Residents of a house on Abrams Street are now staying with neighbors and family members after an electrical fire that started in their laundry room and spread into their kitchen drove them from their home.
An incident report filed by the Union Public Safety Department states that firefighters were dispatched at 9:27 a.m. Thursday to 102 Abrams Street in response to a report of a structure fire. Three fire engines were dispatched to the scene where firefighters began working to minimize further damage to the building.
The report states that when they arrived firefighters saw smoke coming from the eaves on the side of the house. It states they immediately began working to extinguish the blaze. After extinguishing the blaze, the report states firefighters then proceeded to check the ceiling area for hidden fires that could react with the insulation and cause more damage. It further states that firefighters remained there for nearly an hour before clearing the scene at 10:16 p.m. and returning to the station.
According to the report the fire began in the utility room in the area of the dryer causing an electrical short. The fire then spread through the wall into the adjacent kitchen and through the ceiling into the eaves of the house.
Damage to the structure was estimated at $17,000.
One of the residents of the house was Benny Thomas who said that he and his two sisters and a niece were home when the fire started.
“It started in the laundry room and came back through the wall into the kitchen,” Thomas said Tuesday morning. “We were watching TV when the smoke alarm went off. I went into the kitchen and fire was shooting through the wall.”
Thomas said he told his sisters to call the fire department. He said that while the fire department did put out the fire, he and his family can’t live in the house because of the damage.
“Everything is messed up in there,” Thomas said.
Thomas said he is currently staying with a neighbor while his sisters and niece are staying with family members.
In a statement released Thursday, the American Red Cross announced that it had provided assistance to the residents of the house on Abrams Street in the form of financial assistance for temporary lodging, replacement of food and clothing, along with comfort kits containing personal hygiene items.
Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090.