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Ice storm debris burn gets out of control, destroys trailers

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A man burning storm debris in a North Augusta trailer park Monday inadvertently sparked a fire that destroyed two mobile homes and damaged a third, officials say.

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A volunteer firefighter stands next to a pile of charred storm debris while colleagues work to put out a fire. The blaze claimed two mobile homes and two storage units.   STAFF
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A volunteer firefighter stands next to a pile of charred storm debris while colleagues work to put out a fire. The blaze claimed two mobile homes and two storage units.


About 3:56 p.m., fire crews were dispatched to the park on Emma Lane near Blanchard Road after a small pile of storm debris began to burn out of control, said Firefighter Chris Alverson, of the Graniteville Volunteer Fire Department.

Wind blew flames across a three-acre section of the park, Alverson said, which included three mobile homes and two storage units. Two of the mobile homes and both storage units were leveled by the blaze. A third home suffered some fire damage.

No one was inside any of the homes at the time of the fire. The homes were believed to have been use for storage only.

The man burning the debris did not have a permit, Alverson said, but no charges have been filed.

The Langley and Belvedere fire departments responded to the scene, along with the North Augusta Department of Public Safety. The South Carolina Forestry Commission and South Carolina Electric and Gas were also on hand to assist crews.

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TakeAHike
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TakeAHike 03/31/14 - 09:06 pm
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Charge the idiot!

Why were no charges filed on this idiot? He illegally burned brush, put others in danger and polluted the air (thanks for the asthma attack, jerk). Besides being illegal and stupid, burning brush in North Augusta is totally unecessary. The city picks up yard debris at the curb every week. Please charge this moron and make an example of him.

KSL
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KSL 04/01/14 - 12:19 am
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Whoa, the fact that it was

Whoa, the fact that it was the Langley and Belvedere fire departments that responded tells me that this was not North Augusta per se, not that I know the City of NA's rules.

Should he have been burning debris when there was wind and without the means to extinguish it with water, no? You do need a modicum of good sense. We live in a populated area, close to downtown Aiken. We can legally burn debris and do so in a metal drum on occasions like we have just been through. When not in use that thing is rolled to our woods where none of the neighbors, nor I , can see it.

KSL
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KSL 04/01/14 - 12:31 am
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Takeahike, depending on the

Takeahike, depending on the regs of the trailor park, it may not have been illegal to burn. We are in a subdivision in walking distance of DT Ailen and we can burn all day. I stated above that we don't except occasionally.

As for your asthma, where would you have gone several thousand years ago when your parents were cooking your food and heating your house? Actually, way many fewer years ago?

Riverman1
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Riverman1 04/01/14 - 04:05 am
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In Georgia I'm pretty sure

In Georgia I'm pretty sure even if a homeowner has a burn permit, he has to burn in a container of some kind such as a metal drum like KSL uses.

iaaffg
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iaaffg 04/01/14 - 04:40 am
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if he would have bothered to
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if he would have bothered to try to get a permit, chances are they weren't allowing burning in the first place, so this would have been avoided and yeah, why isn't he being charged for illegal burning at the very least? i'm a big proponent of one cleaning up one's own messes, but a bit of common sense needs to prevail. and get the burn permit first. very easy to do.

nocnoc
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nocnoc 04/01/14 - 06:00 am
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Sorry to see the guy lost 3 Storeage Buildings

We have seen a few smaller versions out here on the South Side ourselves.

Be careful people, or make sure you have good insurance
for you and your neighbors house.

Bizkit
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Bizkit 04/01/14 - 06:27 am
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Gosh I got a permit and

Gosh I got a permit and burned a huge pile yesterday-no problems. It was a great day for burning. He obviously didn't know what he was doing. No mention of a container to burn in but it does qualify what you can burn.

fatherinevans
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fatherinevans 04/01/14 - 07:05 am
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riverman..actually

It is illegal to burn in a barrel.or drum. You need a burn permit and most important...common sense.....

fatherinevans
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fatherinevans 04/01/14 - 07:09 am
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in Georgia.....

It is illegal in georgia to burn in a drum or barrell due to people leaving them unattended per the cop that came to my house..LOL

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 04/01/14 - 08:20 am
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Personally, I wish yard

Personally, I wish yard burning was banned altogether. Nothing more obnoxious than a layer of smoke blanketing the neighborhood like fog from a smoldering leaf pile.

CobaltGeorge
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CobaltGeorge 04/01/14 - 11:30 am
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rmwhitley
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rmwhitley 04/01/14 - 12:43 pm
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Sounds like
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inadverdent arson, to me.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 04/01/14 - 02:16 pm
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Drum

fatherinevans is correct. In Georgia, it is against state burn rules to use a drum. You have to burn the leaves, twigs and branches in piles upon the ground.

Butterman
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Butterman 04/01/14 - 03:29 pm
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LBC yeah you know me
Unpublished

This does not sound like it was in North Augusta proper but rather inn The Valley. The fact that only trailers were destroyed gave the location away.

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