Fire destroys Sharon home

adouglas@heraldonline.comMarch 16, 2013 

A fire ripped through a two-story home in Sharon on Saturday afternoon.

At least 50 firefighters responded, battling the flames and wind gusts of up to 30 miles per hour.

Firefighters say no one was injured in the blaze which is under investigation.

“The wind was a pretty good factor,” said York firefighter Adam Duncan.

The wind carried embers from the house fire which caused a nearby grass fire, Duncan said.

York, Sharon, Hickory Grove, Bullocks Creek, McConnells and Smyrna fire departments joined force to keep the flames from spreading.

The fire happened around 1 p.m., destroying the home at 4781 Sherer Road.

While at the house fire, Duncan said, the York department got another call about an uncontrolled grass fire.

On Friday, the South Carolina Forestry Commission issued a “Red Flag Fire Weather Alert” effective all weekend.

Officials say high-speed winds, low relative humidity and warm temperatures contribute to an elevated fire danger level. Those factors support the ignition and spread of wildfire, according to the forestry commission.

Under the “red flag” alert, officials advise not burning debris.

By 5 p.m., Saturday, the forestry commission reported 58 fires statewide, including 16 in the Piedmont Region.

Anna Douglas •  803-329-4068

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