2016-10-03 / Front Page

Fire from stolen car spreads to, destroys Lockhart Lane home

By TIM GULLA
Ledger Staff Writer

Flames from an apparently stolen car that was intentionally set on fire spread to a vacant home on Lockhart Lane early Saturday.

City of Gaffney firefighters were dispatched to the 200 block of Lockhart Lane at 2:38 a.m. regarding a report of a structure fire and arrived to find a home approximately 30 to 40 percent involved in flames.

City Fire Marshal Billy Bishop said firefighters were able to stop the fire, but said the house is likely a total loss.

It was determined that a 2006 Chevrolet Impala parked just outside the home’s carport had intentionally been set on fire and that the flames spread from the burning vehicle to the home, Bishop said.

While the burned vehicle was badly damaged, firefighters were able to get the license plate number from it and they learned the vehicle had been reported to City of Gaffney police as being stolen. Details about the reported car theft were not immediately available from the city police department over the weekend.

The fire occurred in the jurisdiction of the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office and Bishop said the incident is under investigation.

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