Fire spreads through East Dublin neighborhood | Environment
Raven Chalker of East Dublin was all set for her quinceanera, a big celebration in Mexican culture for a girl's 15th birthday. The family had a big tent ready for more than 100 guests and were setting up Saturday afternoon.
Around 1 o'clock, the fire they had set up in a barrel to keep warm outside spread across the dry grass over 65 acres near Briarwood Drive off Highway 199 in East Dublin.
The fire ended up damaging several structures, and destroying one, which was vacant. Laurens County Fire Chief Don Bryant says no one was hurt.
Bryant says no permits are needed to start small fires for warmth. He says the department is still investigating, and will determine what liability the land owners will have and if any charges were filed.
Chalker says she believes it was just an accident. "We were just doing it to keep warm," she says. "We were literally trying to put it out."
Bryant says low humidity may have caused the fire to spread quickly. He advises anyone starting a fire outside to make sure you have a fire break set up and check weather conditions.
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