(published April 10, 2009)
TEGA CAY — An early morning fire gutted a Tega Cay house, leaving a family of five homeless, officials said.
About 3 a.m., the Tega Cay Fire Department responded to a house fire at 1098 Wind Song Bay in the Lakeshore subdivision, Fire Chief Scott Szymanski said.
“The upstairs was engulfed in flames,” Szymanski said. “The house is totaled.”
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Officials did not have to rescue the family, he said.
“Everybody was out of the house,” he said. “The husband and wife were transported to Carolinas Medical Center in Pineville (N.C.) for smoke inhalation, and then were released.“
Their condition was not immediately available this morning. Their children did not require medical treatment, Szymanski said. The York County chapter of the American Red Cross assisted the family — Nathaniel D. and Jesica A. Greek and their sons aged 11, 9 and 7, said Denise Cubbedge, emergency services director. A fire report was not available Friday morning, Szymanski said. About 45 firefighters from the Flint Hill and Tega Cay fire departments battled the blaze at the two-story brick and siding home for about 45 minutes. They remained at the scene for several hours working on “hot spots,” he said.
About 11 a.m., six firefighters were still on the scene. Some probed the fire’s cause, which is undetermined. However, preliminary findings suggest the fire started in an upstairs bedroom, Szymanski said. Damages are estimated between $350,000 and $500,000, he said.