2015-05-29 / Local News

Woman, granddaughter lose home to fire

STAFF REPORT

An early Tuesday morning fire badly damaged a Villa Drive home, displacing a grandmother and granddaughter.

City of Gaffney firefighters were called to 213 Villa Drive at approximately 5 a.m. Tuesday and found fire coming from the attic through the roof upon their arrival.

Fire Marshal Scott Coleman said one of the occupants had noticed smoke filling the house and was able to get the other occupant safely outside. The fire was mostly contained to the attic, although the kitchen was damaged and firefighters had to pull down the ceiling in numerous spots to douse the flames.

The entire home sustained heat and smoke damage, Coleman said.

While the occupants initially said they were alright, Coleman said paramedics were called to the scene to check on one of the occupants after she started feeling the affects of the smoke. The woman was treated on scene and was not transported.

EMS workers also tended to a Gaffney firefighter who suffered a steam burn to his wrist while fighting the fire. The firefighter was treated at the scene and also did not have to be transported.

With assistance from the Gaffney Board of Public Works, Coleman said the cause of the fire was narrowed down to an electrical short in the home’s main electric line in the attic, though the cause of the short was unclear.

The fire caused several nearby homes to lose power until BPW crews could isolate the circuit and restore power.

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