A double-wide mobile home sustained heavy damages after a fire broke out in a rear bedroom last Saturday morning.
The cause of the blaze at the home of Richard Grayeda, located at 1431 Rock House Road in the western end of McDuffie County, had not been determined as of Saturday, according to McDuffie County Fire/Rescue Services Assistant Chief Stephen Sewell.
No one was home at the time of the blaze, which was called in by neighbors to 911 dispatchers at 11:01 a.m.
The fire began in a rear bedroom of the home, Assistant Chief Sewell said. By the time firefighters arrived on the scene, flames were shooting out from the left corner of the bedroom.
Firefighters entered through the front door of the home to begin extinguishing the fire, gradually making their way to the rear. At least one firefighter was able to make his way around to the back of the home, braving intense heat from the flames.
Smoke billowed into the sky and was visible from more than a mile away.
A small wooden house behind the mobile home that burned was not damaged. A man, who reportedly lives there, like the family who occupied the mobile home, was not home at the time.
Firefighters battled the flames for approximately 45 minutes before managing to bring it under control. They returned to the scene about 5:30 p.m. that afternoon after the fire rekindled due to windy conditions.