Property owner cited in wildfire

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Friday’s fire near Patrick burns 325 acres

By Don Worthington

A Chesterfield County property owned has been cited for Friday’s wildfire that burned as much as 325 acres.
No one was injured in the fire. Several abandoned buildings burned. The estimated property damage is $15,800.
The property owner was cited by the South Carolina Forestry Commission for allowing a fire to spread. The property owner faces a $200 fine plus court costs, said Justin Holt of the commission. The commission did not release the name of the property owner.
The fire started as a controlled burn of 27 acres near Patrick.
The initial fire call was made by the South Carolina Forestry Commission, said Marvin Murray, chief of the Cheraw Fire Department.
The Cheraw department coordinated the efforts of more than 100 firefighters. Eleven fire departments from Chesterfield County responded to the fire.
Units from Darlington and Marlboro counties also responded. Two units helped fight the fire while two more were held in reserve in Cheraw.
The Pageland and High Point fire departments were on call to fight fires anywhere if needed, Murray said.
The Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Office and the Red Cross assisted. A shelter was opened at the sheriff’s office in Chesterfield, but not needed. The Red Cross used the site to feed more than 100 firefighters, said Sheriff Jay Brooks.
Firefighters spent about eight hours fighting the fire, Murray said. The first call for the fire was 12:03 p.m. and most of the units clear the scene by 10:20 p.m., Murray said.
The forestry commission said the fire was officially “under control” at 2 p.m. Saturday.