Crime & Public Safety

Fire damages Bluffton home

This Bluffton home was severely damaged by fire early Wednesday morning, according to the Bluffton Township Fire District.
This Bluffton home was severely damaged by fire early Wednesday morning, according to the Bluffton Township Fire District. Submitted by Randy Hunter

A Bluffton home that was being remodeled was severely damaged by fire early Wednesday morning, according to the Bluffton Township Fire District.

Crews called to 210 Simmonsville Road shortly before 5 a.m. found flames and smoke billowing from the single-story home. Firefighters were able to extinguish the flames in less than two hours, but the home is likely a total loss, district spokesman Randy Hunter said.

At least half of the structure's roof caved in, he said. "There was a tremendous amount of damage throughout that place," Hunter said.

The homeowners were living in another residence behind the damaged structure while they worked on a remodeling project.

The value of the home was not available Wednesday morning, though neighboring lots were valued at about $72,000 in 2013, according to Beaufort County property records.

The Bluffton Police Department and Beaufort county EMS assisted with the incident. No injuries were reported, according to Hunter. The district's fire marshal will determine the cause of the fire, Hunter said.

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