Firefighters search for clues in Christmas Day fire

December 26, 2012 

Firefighters are still attempting to find the cause of a blaze at a Spring Island home on Christmas Day. The Bluffton Township Fire District had to knock down walls near the chimney in search of the origin and leave a firefighter at the home overnight in case more flames erupted. The fire remained out. Chimneys with cracks, gaps or soot buildup leave many hiding places for embers, which can smolder for weeks before igniting other parts of a home, Capt. Randy Hunter said. The fire is a reminder of risks unique to the colder months of the year, which county departments have been warning residents about through a variety of public safety campaigns. As residents begin to take down trees and lights, there are also tips for storing and disposing of them to avoid fire risk.

The Island Packet is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

Commenting FAQs | Terms of Service