2015-10-19 / Front Page

House goes up in flames

By TIM GULLA
Ledger Staff Writer


This house at 107 Walnut St. was destroyed by fire Saturday morning. Neighbors told authorities that a homeless man might have been inside but firefighters did not find anyone. This house at 107 Walnut St. was destroyed by fire Saturday morning. Neighbors told authorities that a homeless man might have been inside but firefighters did not find anyone. A vacant Walnut Street home that possibly had been occupied by a homeless person was totally destroyed by a Saturday morning fire.

City of Gaffney firefighters responded to 107 Walnut St. at 3:09 a.m. and saw fire coming from the rear of the home and burning through the roof, according to Fire Marshal Scott Coleman. The walls and roof were starting to collapse, Coleman said, and initial efforts were focused on knocking down the largest part of the fire and protecting the house next door.

Coleman said neighbors told firefighters a homeless man might be inside, but firefighters had been checking through windows and doors and did not find anybody. When firefighters were able to get control of the fire and assess the structural stability, Coleman said, they entered the house and searched all areas again to verify that no one was inside.

The house was supposed to be vacant and there was no electrical power, Coleman said.

As of Sunday, the cause of the fire remained undetermined.

“While still under investigation, the fire department hasn’t ruled out the possibility of a homeless man accidentally causing the fire by trying to stay warm as the temperature was dropping that night,” Coleman said.

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