BUFFALO and UNION — The Union County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a fire that destroyed a house in Buffalo Sunday night while the Union Public Safety Department is investigating a fire that destroyed a house in Union Monday night.
The first fire was in Buffalo at a residence at 117 Haywood Street.
Buffalo Fire Chief Bryan Gardin said his department was dispatched to the scene around 6:30 p.m. Sunday evening. Gardin said that the Southside and Bonham fire departments were also dispatched to the scene and that firefighters from the Monarch and Cross Keys fire departments also responded to battle the blaze. Even though they were successful in putting out the fire, Gardin said firefighters were unable to save the building which he described as a total loss.
Despite the damage done by the fire, Gardin said that no one was injured. He thanked the other departments and other firefighters that responded to the scene and helped his department battle the blaze.
A report filed by the Union County Sheriff’s Office about the blaze states that deputies as well as fire departments were dispatched to the scene. The report states that when they arrived deputies and firefighters found the fire was located around the back of the clothes dryer which was at the back on the residence. It states that at the time the fire was not thought to be suspicious in nature.
However, the report states that the Buffalo Fire Department was again dispatched to the scene a short time later after one their units checked back and discovered the blaze had rekindled. The report states that shortly before 11 p.m. deputies and firefighters were dispatched to the scene for a third time due to another rekindle.
The report states that the second rekindle is considered suspicious in nature due to it appearing to have started on the front side of the house on the second floor, an area of the home that was not involved in the original fire. It states the fire remains under investigation.
The second fire was in the City of Union at a residence at 909 North Church Street.
Union Public Safety Department Fire Commander Larry Robinson that his department was dispatched to the scene at 6:48 p.m. Monday evening. Robinson said that when they arrived, firefighters found flames coming out the front window and front door of the residence. He said that firefighters were able to contain the fire to the front room of the house and extinguish it and depart the scene at 7:50 p.m.
Even though the fire damage was confined to the front room, Robinson said the rest of the house experienced smoke damage. He said the building is a total loss.
Robinson said the cause of the fire is still under investigation.
While the house itself is a total loss, Robinson said that no one was injured. He said his department called in the Red Cross to assist the family.
The American Red Cross is assisting both of the families left homeless by the fires that destroyed their homes.
In a press release issued Sunday about the fire in Buffalo, the Red Cross stated that it was helping the four adults and two children left homeless by the blaze by providing them with financial assistance for food, clothing, lodging, and other essentials, and with comfort kits containing personal hygiene items.
In a press release issued Tuesday about the fire in Union, the Red Cross stated that it was helping the three adults and three children left homeless by the blaze by providing them with financial assistance for food, clothing, lodging, and other essentials, and with comfort kits containing personal hygiene items as well.
Both press releases also address the issue of safety at Thanksgiving reminding the public that “as we gather ‘round the holiday table to give thanks for our friends and family, let’s take a minute to help prevent tragic from striking. While deep frying, a turkey provides a succulent and juicy dinner option, keep these tips in mind.”
Those tips are:
• Keep children and pets away from burner, hot pot, and hot turkey.
• Always inspect your fuel source, fuel line and burner, if in doubt replace.
• Never use an outdoor burner inside.
• Ensure the burner is on a flat hard surface outdoors, make sure the pot fits the burner.
• Always fully defrost and dry your turkey, frozen or wet turkeys are an explosive hazard.
• The internal cavity can hide ice and water, always double check.
• Follow recommended fill guidelines, turn burner off before placing turkey into fryer.
• Never leave fryer unattended.
• Always keep a Type BC or ABC fire extinguisher handy.
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Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090.