40 brush fires reported in Irmo in 5 hours

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Monday, July 28, 2014

IRMO, S.C. (AP) -- Authorities in a Columbia suburb say they are looking for an arsonist after firefighters fought more than 40 brush fires in one afternoon.

Irmo Chief Fire Marshal Jeff Allen said all the fires were set in less than five hours Sunday afternoon and evening, leading fire officials to think the blazes were intentionally set.

No one was injured in the fires. Allen says the high humidity Sunday kept the fires from spreading.

Investigators say they talking to residents to see if they saw someone out of place. The State Law Enforcement Division also flew its helicopter over the area to look for someone walking through the woods.

Firefighters from Lexington County and Columbia helped Irmo firefighters put out the blazes.

(Copyright 2014. The Associated Press.)

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