2012-10-22 / Front Page

‘Suspicious’ fire damages Gaffney attorney’s office

By SCOTT POWELL Ledger Staff Writer spowell@gaffneyledger.com


Firefighters remove some items that sustained smoke and water damage Sunday morning while extinguishing a structure fire inside the law office of Gaffney attorney Victor Sarratt at 201 E. Buford Street. 
(Ledger photo / SCOTT POWELL) Firefighters remove some items that sustained smoke and water damage Sunday morning while extinguishing a structure fire inside the law office of Gaffney attorney Victor Sarratt at 201 E. Buford Street. (Ledger photo / SCOTT POWELL) Gaffney police are investigating a suspicious fire early Sunday that caused major smoke and water damage inside the law office of Gaffney attorney Victor Sarratt.

The fire was reported by a police officer who spotted smoke inside 201 E. Buford St. at approximately 6:15 a.m.

Gaffney Fire Chief Jamie Caggiano said firefighters arrived on the scene to find a fire in the basement and back room of a 1stfloor office. The structure has served as the office for Sarratt’s law practice and the Upstate Piedmont Chamber of Commerce.

The Corinth Volunteer Fire Department and an Emergency Medical Services rehab unit were also called to the scene.

“We were able to put the initial fire out within the first 15 to 20 minutes,” Caggiano said. “There was significant smoke and water damage inside the house. We were able to keep the fire out of the attic and prevent any intrusion into the roof.”

Firefighters remained on the scene for an hour extinguishing “hot spots.”

Caggiano said several areas look suspicious and said the investigation is now being handled by the Gaffney Police Department.

“The investigation has been turned over to the Gaffney Police Department as an arson fire and possible breaking and entering,” Caggiano said.

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