DARLINGTON COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – Firefighters responded to a legal debris burn Thursday afternoon that got out of control and destroyed a house, according to SC Forestry Commission officials.
The fire began Thursday afternoon in a yard on North Ebenezer Road, near the Darlington and Florence County line. Firefighters from the City of Darlington, Darlington County, Palmetto Rural, and West Florence fire departments responded, according to our reporter at the scene.
The fire escaped and destroyed the home nearby home. It appears the fire spread through the front yard and to the home, collapsing the roof. One firefighter was sent to the hospital with minor burns, our reporter confirmed.
Scott Hawkins with the SCFC said that the area is now drying out, and fire season is beginning. By 11 a.m. today, 946 people statewide called to say they were planning to burn debris, and two hours later, that number was 1,266.
Hawkins said the number of burn notifications might be high because of people burning debris left from last week's winter storm, but he doesn't know for sure.