Beaufort News

Briefly Tuesday

Home damaged by fire on St. Helena

A mother and her adult daughter made it safely out of a burning home early Monday in the Oaks Plantation neighborhood on St. Helena Island.

Firefighters responded to the incident at 18 Heyward Fripp Road just after midnight and saw a "moderate amount of fire and a large volume of smoke" coming from the garage side of the home, according to a news release from the Lady's Island/St. Helena Island Fire Department.

Both occupants were already safely outside when firefighters arrived, according to the release.

Firefighters extinguished the blaze within 20 minutes and contained it to one side of the home. The rest of the structure, however, was uninhabitable because of smoke damage, the release said.

Firefighters, Beaufort County EMS and Beaufort County sheriff's deputies were on scene for about three hours. The cause of the fire is still under investigation, according to the release.

Human trafficking topic of Leadership Alumni forum

Janice Dyer, founder of the Lowcountry Coalition against Human Trafficking, will give a presentation at a Leadership Beaufort Alumni Association forum Thursday.

About 15,000 victims are forced into modern-day slavery for sex or forced labor, with 500,000 victims or more worldwide, according to an alumni association news release.

The coalition's membership has grown to include law enforcement, health care providers, legislators, attorneys and nonprofit agencies. Its mission is to build awareness of modern-day slavery in the United States and the Lowcountry and to foster the collaboration necessary to eradicate it, according to the release.

The program begins at 5:30 p.m. at the Holiday Inn on Boundary Street with a cash bar and light hors d'oeuvres. The presentation follows at 6 p.m.

Tea party group to meet tonight

The Beaufort TEA Party will hold its monthly meeting from 5 to 7 p.m. tonight in the Beaufort County Airport conference room. Activities for the upcoming year will be determined.

Information: Call Jim Pennell at 843-322-0416.