Crime & Public Safety

VIDEO: Cause of fire on Bluffton's Pin Oak Street unknown

Photos by Jennifer Milbert
Photos by Jennifer Milbert

The cause of a fire that destroyed two sheds and a garage, and heavily damaged a Bluffton home Thursday night remains unknown, authorities said this morning.

Bluffton Township Fire District Capt. Randy Hunter said the blaze on Pin Oak Street, which kept firefighters on the scene for several hours, is under investigation. It's not considered suspicious, Hunter said.

No one was injured in the fire -- a family and its dog got out of the home safely, Hunter said.

Four engine companies were dispatched at about 8:30 p.m. Thursday to the fire, and it took firefighters about 30 to 45 minutes to get it under control. They remained on the scene for a few hours, ensuring all hot spots were extinguished and there were no flare-ups, Hunter said.

"Usually when we're called somewhere, it's a house fire, or a garage fire," he said. "It's not normally a garage, house and two shed fires. Plus the trees and the brush in between. The fire itself was widespread."

It was not clear Friday morning where the fire started.

Hunter said the garage and two sheds were considered total losses. The home was heavily damaged.

A neighboring home's siding melted from the heat of the blaze, too.