SC Fire engulfs home, endangers exotic animals 4:48 PM

Fire engulfs home, endangers exotic animals 4:48 PM

 

04:48 PM EST on Thursday, February 22, 2007

 

By WCNC Staff

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FORT LAWN, S.C. – Five fire departments responded to a large house fire in Chester County Thursday that spread into an adjacent field, sparking a brush fire that endangered an exotic animal training facility nearby.

 

The fire broke out in a home on Catawba River Road in Fort Lawn just before 3 p.m. Thursday.

 

A 19-year-old woman who was renting the home woke up to smoke and ran out of the house. No one was injured

 

The home’s owners live behind the rental property, where they train exotic animals, including four tigers, three bears, a camel, a mountain lion and a cougar. The brush fire threatened the animals’ homes, and Chester County Animal Control was called out to help.

 

WCNC talked with the mother of the woman who lived in the rental house. She said her daughter just moved into the home Wednesday with her fiancé, and now they’ve lost everything.

 

Firefighters are looking into electrical problems as a possible cause.

 

They do know what made the fire so hard to control – wind.

 

High winds and low humidity created conditions ideal for fires across much of the area Thursday. Brush fires also broke out in Burke and Rutherford counties.

 

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