VIDEO: Bluffton family loses home to fire

bheffernan@islandpacket.comApril 12, 2013 

A Bluffton family lost its home to a fire early this morning, the second of two fires Bluffton Township Fire District firefighters fought in a span of less than a day.

Firefighters were called at about 2:30 a.m. to a fire at a mobile home on Stephen Frazier Road. The first-arriving crews found the home engulfed in flames. Firefighters then made "an aggressive interior attack," according to Capt. Randy Hunter, and it took about 20 minutes to bring the fire under control.

The home was burned beyond repair, though some belongings may be salvagable, Hunter said. Nine people -- five adults and four children -- were in the home at the time of the fire, but none were injured, according to Hunter.

The Red Cross was called in to assist the displaced family, and provided food, clothing, short-term shelter and comfort kits with personal hygiene items and toys to the family, according to a news release.

Earlier in the night, firefighters were called to a structure fires on Buck Island Road. A vacant home had caught fire at about 9:30 p.m. Thursday. It took crews about 30 minutes to control the fire. The building was destroyed. The home had holes in the roof which may have allowed the building to burn more quickly, said Hunter.

Both fires are being investigated by the Bluffton district's fire marshals and the Bluffton Police Department.

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