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Fire destroyed the 128-year-old home at the corner of Peake Street and Eutaw Road.

S.C. Law Enforcement Division agents are continuing their investigation into the fire that destroyed a 19th-century home in Holly Hill.

SLED spokesman Thom Berry said the agency hasn’t determined the origin and cause of the fire at 2805 Eutaw Road. Its work is ongoing.

According to a Holly Hill Police Department incident report, off-duty Providence firefighter Heath Prescott happened to be passing by the home at 10:35 p.m. when he noticed the fire and called for firefighters to respond.

The Holly Hill Fire Department arrived at approximately 10:43 p.m., according to the report.

The fire quickly engulfed the north side of the house and the electrical box caused small explosions, the report said.

Homeowner Ruth Ann Berry said that she had all electricity and gas shut off to the unoccupied house a while back.

Holly Hill Assistant Fire Chief Chris Smith said no firefighters were injured as they battled the blaze that consumed the old wood-built, two-story home.

Firefighters got the blaze under control after about two hours, but crews remained on the scene until 3 p.m. Saturday.

Berry said A.F. Joyner built the home in 1880.

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