2015-11-13 / Front Page

Explosion reportedly heard

Police probe suspicious house fire
By Tim Gulla
Ledger Staff Writer


With a strong haze of smoke still in the air, City of gaffney firefighters can be seen here trying to extinguish any remaining hot spots in a 9th street home that burned Wednesday evening. With multiple reports of an explosion and a fast-spreading fire, the fire has been deemed suspicious. 
(Ledger photo / tiM gUlla) With a strong haze of smoke still in the air, City of gaffney firefighters can be seen here trying to extinguish any remaining hot spots in a 9th street home that burned Wednesday evening. With multiple reports of an explosion and a fast-spreading fire, the fire has been deemed suspicious. (Ledger photo / tiM gUlla) SLED fire investigators spent almost all day Thursday trying to determine the cause of a suspicious Wednesday night fire that destroyed a 9th Street home.

City of Gaffney firefighters were alerted to the blaze at 926 9th St., at approximately 6:30 p.m. There were multiple reports of an explosion at the scene, firefighters were told, and the first arriving fire crew found flames coming out every window and doorway.

Despite the amount of fire involved, officials noted, it only took a few minutes for firefighters to douse the flames.

“Due to the rapid fire growth and the report of an explosion, the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office was requested at the scene for a suspicious fire report,” Gaffney Fire Marshal Scott Coleman said. “They (the sheriff’s office) initiated an investigation and called in SLED to assist.”

The scene was roped off with yellow tape Wednesday night to keep people away from the site and deputies guarded the scene until Thursday morning when SLED fire investigators arrived.

Cherokee County Sheriff Steve Mueller said there were reports from witnesses that a male subject was seen leaving the home carrying a black-colored bag, and getting into a grey colored vehicle, before the fire erupted. However, the cause of the fire has not yet been determined, Mueller said, and no one could say if the person seen leaving the home had anything to do with the fire.

Coleman said the owner of the home was away at the time of the fire.

There were no injuries.

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