Fire destroys tobacco barns in Florence County

Published: Oct. 7, 2014 at 3:21 PM EDT|Updated: Oct. 7, 2014 at 3:58 PM EDT
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FLORENCE COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - Three tobacco barns were destroyed by a fire Monday night in the Olanta Community of Florence County, according to Olanta Fire Chief Jimmy Coker.

The fire was discovered in the last stage of the curing process around 9 p.m. at the corner of Olanta Highway and Myers Road.

Chief Coker said a burner in the barn may have malfunctioned causing the fire.

The South Lynches Fire Department assisted Olanta Fire for a total of 47 firefighters and 14 fire trucks called to the scene.

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