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November 29, 2013

Two house fires reported in J'ville

JACKSONVILLE — Two area fires that blazed during the Thanksgiving holiday period caused some structural damage to homes but no injuries, authorities said Friday.

The first fire took place Wednesday at a structure along County Road 4118. It was just outside the city limits of Jacksonville and damaged a home and nearby vehicles, reports show.

The fire, which took place off Highway 175, took firefighters about an hour to get under control, according to reports.

Thankfully, there were no injuries, and the fire did not destroy the home, officials said.

"The fire extended into the house, but while there was a lot of smoke damage the actual fire damage was not that extensive," explained Ted Hunt, fire chief of the Earle's Chapel Volunteer Fire Department and a captain on the Jacksonville FD.

Because it took place in the county, the Cherokee County Sheriff's Department is investigating the fire to determine a cause, Hunt said.

A total of 10 firefighters at the scene from Jacksonville's, Earl's Chapel's and Bullard's respective fire departments helped stop the blaze, Hunt said.

Meanwhile, a second Cherokee County fire on Friday caused a moderate amount of damage but also did not injure anyone, officials reported.

This 10 a.m. fire, which took place at a residence at 1536 County Road 3301, probably was caused by an electrical short in a wall heater, Hunt said.

However, Hunt added, the Cherokee County Sheriff's Department will investigate the blaze as well and make the final determination.

"The fire was contained to one bedroom," Hunt said. "That bedroom was pretty bad. There were nine firefighters fighting it from Earl's Chapel, and Jacksonville."

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