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Fire in Beaufort destroys home and belongings

A fire destroyed a home Monday in Beaufort's Mossy Oaks neighborhood, despite efforts by local firefighters, according to a Beaufort Fire Department news release.

When crews from the department, assisted by the Burton Fire District, arrived at about 5:30 a.m. at the 2600 block of Broad Street, 75 percent of the $180,000 house was engulfed in flames, Beaufort Fire Chief Sammy Negron said.

Two adults in the house escaped safely, but their belongings, whose value was estimated at more than $30,000, burned.

The Beaufort County Fire Scene Investigation team ruled the fire an accident, possibly caused by an improperly discarded cigar, Negron said."All evidence found at the scene along with the homeowner's account pointed to a cigar that was discarded in a container not approved or rated for discarded smoking materials," Negron said in an email.

About 35 firefighters from the Beaufort Fire Department, which also includes the Port Royal fire department, and the Burton Fire District helped fight the blaze.

It took about 20 minutes to control the fire and an hour to extinguish the hot spots, Negron said in the release.

The firefighters' response prevented the blaze from spreading to two adjacent houses, he said.

Representatives from the Palmetto Chapter of the American Red Cross responded to the scene to provide help to the displaced residents.

The Red Cross chapter also helped members of a Ridgeland family at 246 Riceshire Road on Monday after their home was destroyed by fire, according to an email from the organization.

Details about the Ridgeland fire were not immediately available Monday.

Follow reporter Juliann Vachon at twitter.com/EyeOnBeaufort.

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