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Mobile home fire not suspicious

McDuffie County fire personnel continue to investigate the cause of a fire that occurred in Dearing on Dec. 7.

At 9:22 p.m. the McDuffie County Fire/Rescue Service arrived at 2982 Hobbs Mill Road, where they found a single-wide mobile home consumed in flames.

According to an incident report, bystanders told firefighters that no one was inside the structure. Its occupant, Bell Ivie, had been carried to her son's home next door.

That night, Ivie had been asleep in her bed when she awoke to the smell of smoke. Upon entering the living room, she saw that her curtains were on fire and tried to douse them with water.

Firefighters extinguished the blaze and remained on the scene for more than two hours. No injuries were reported, but damage to the structure was extensive, according to the report.

Four engines and 22 personnel responded to the call, including the McDuffie County Fire/Rescue Service and the Dearing Fire Department.

The investigation is still open, but officials suspect nothing out of the ordinary, said Stephen Sewell, assistant chief for McDuffie County.

Web posted on Thursday, December 15, 2011

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