Roger Bailey, public information officer for the Southside Fire District, said firefighters were dispatched at 4:55 a.m. to the home of Martin Smith, 111 Bird St., Union. Bailey said firefighters arrived on the scene to find the fire had engulfed a garage and was spreading to the house and a storage building. He said it took firefighters 35 minutes to extinguish the blaze.
“There was a lot of fire in a little space,” he said. “The garage was lost and so was a 1991 Mercury four-door parked outside. The house was damaged and so was the other storage building. Both are still usable but they will have to be repaired. We estimate the total damage at $20,000. The cause of the blaze is undetermined at this time.”
No one was home at the time of the fire and there were no injuries.
Bailey said firefighers remained on the scene for two hours to make sure the fire did not flare back up. He deputies with the Union County Sheriff’s Office assisted in fighting the blaze and personnel from the City of Union Utility Department were called to the scene to turn off the power to the buildings.
Firemen were called back to the scene this morning when the blaze rekindled.