Fire under investigation

By: By Charles Warner -

UNION — A fire that was out by the time firefighters arrived on the scene is under investigation as authorities seek to determine the cause.

Southside Fire Department Public Information Officer Roger Bailey said Monday that his department was dispatched at 4:45 p.m. Sunday to a house belonging to Barbara Hendrix at 3029 Whitmire Highway.

In addition to his department, Bailey said that because of the hot weather, the Monarch, Santuc and Carlisle fire departments were also called to the scene. He said that normally three department respond to a structure fire, but given the summer heat which Bailey said “can burn a man out quick” it was decided that as much manpower as possible should be called to the scene.

By the time firefighters arrived, however, Bailey said that the fire, which was in a closet, was already out.

Even though the fire was out, Bailey said firefighters nevertheless remained on the scene until 6:45 p.m. making sure the fire didn’t reignite and trying to determine its cause. He said that firefighters were unable to determine the cause and called in the Union County Sheriff’s Office to take over the investigation to determine the cause of the fire.

As of Monday morning, however, Bailey said that the cause of the fire had not been determined.

Bailey said that firefighters estimated damage to the house at $500. He said that no one was injured by the blaze.
Blaze was out when firefighters arrived

By Charles Warner

Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090 or

Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090 or