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2 unrelated fires in Bluffton ruled suspicious

Bluffton police are investigating a fire that destroyed a mobile home Tuesday night on Possum Point Lane near Simmonsville Road, according to a Bluffton Township Fire District spokesman.

"We're not sure how long it was burning before someone called it in," Capt. Randy Hunter said. "It was pretty much destroyed by the time firefighters arrived."

The fire was reported at about 11:30 p.m., and crews needed about two hours to extinguish it, Hunter said.

The home was unoccupied and no injuries were reported, Hunter said. Fire officials have not determined if anyone was living in the trailer. They deemed the blaze suspicious during their investigation Wednesday but have not yet determined the cause.

The home was valued at about $10,000, according to a Bluffton Police Department news release.

Anyone with information about the fire should call the Bluffton Police Department tip line at 843-706-4560 or investigators at 843-540-3949.

ANOTHER SUSPICIOUS FIRE

The Beaufort County Sheriff's Office also is investigating a suspicious fire in the Bluffton area, according to Sgt. Robin McIntosh.

At about 2 a.m. Wednesday, a Bluffton police officer saw a small fire beside the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses and put it out with a nearby garden hose, McIntosh said.

A pile of sheets beside the church at 119 Bluffton Road had been set on fire.

Sheriff's deputies do not believe the incident is related to the mobile home fire, McIntosh said.

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