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FIRES

SLED investigating suspicious fires

Structure fires on Mingo Street

Three homes, including this one on Jamison Avenue, were heavily damaged by fire Saturday night. The State Law Enforcement Division arson investigation unit is investigating.

The State Law Enforcement Division is investigating three suspicious fires in Orangeburg on Saturday night, Orangeburg Department of Public Safety Assistant Director Ed Conner said.

Conner said SLED's arson investigation unit arrived at the scenes of the three fires on Mingo, Norman and Jamison streets to collect samples and allow specially trained K-9 units to sniff out the presence of fire accelerants.

The homes that burned were vacant and had no electrical power. They were consumed by fire within an hour after the first one began on Mingo Street at 8 p.m.

Conner also stated that the three firefighters treated for injuries are on the mend.

One firefighter was transported to the Augusta Burn Center "to get checked out for a second-degree burn on his face," Conner said.

A firefighter who experienced heat exhaustion will take about two to three days to recover and another firefighter who was injured when something fell on him will require the assistance of crutches for the next week or so, Conner said.

The department received assistance from the Jamison, Canaan, Wolfton, Rowesville and Holly Hill fire departments, as well as the S.C. Highway Patrol and Orangeburg County Sheriff’s Office.

“We really want to thank everyone for the assistance we got,” Conner said.

Anyone with information on the fires is asked to call ODPS at 803-534-2812 or CRIMESTOPPERS at 1-888-CRIME-SC.

Contact the writer: mbrown@timesanddemocrat.com or 803-533-5545 Follow on Twitter: @MRBrownTandD.

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