Grass fire causes $5,000 damage

UNION — It took four fire departments and personnel and equipment from the SC Forestry Service more than three hours to fully extinguish two grass fires that destroyed a total of 21 acres of pasture land Friday afternoon.

Roger Bailey, Public Information Officer for the Southside Fire Department, said Monday that his department was dispatched at 2:45 p.m. Friday to 119 Berry Farm Road in response to a report of a grass fire. Bailey said that when Southside firefighters arrived on the scene they found that there were actually two fires approximately 1.5 miles apart from each other.

Given the distance between the two fires and the large areas that were already burning, Bailey said Southside called in the Monarch, Buffalo and Santuc fire departments to assist in battling the blazes. He said his department also called for assistance from the SC Forestry Service which sent in two tractors and a plane.

Even with the efforts of all of these departments, personnel and equipment, Bailey said the fires were not brought under control until 4:30 p.m. He said that even after the fires were extinguished firefighters remained on the scene until 5:50 p.m. to make sure the fires did not flare back up.

Bailey said the larger of the two grass fires burned 14 acres of pasture land while the smaller burned seven acres. He said that his department estimates the fires caused a total of $5,000 worth of damage to the property which he said is owned by Dr. David Berry of Spartanburg.

There were, however, no injuries.

Bailey said that firefighters could not determine the cause of the blaze and the department is continuing to seek any information that might help it make that determination.

If you have any information about Friday’s fire at 119 Berry Farm Road, contact The Union County Sheriff’s at 864-429-1612.