8 dwellings damaged in Columbia County fire

This was the scene on the afternoon of April 6, 2021, after a fire damaged eight units on...
This was the scene on the afternoon of April 6, 2021, after a fire damaged eight units on Aberdeen Drive in Columbia County.(WRDW)
Published: Apr. 6, 2021 at 3:54 PM EDT
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GROVETOWN, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) - At least four families were displaced and several units of a multi-family dwelling were damaged in a fire Tuesday afternoon in Columbia County.

The fire was reported around 3:18 p.m. on Aberdeen Circle, a small street with two-story townhomes in the Canterbury Farms subdivision, wedged in an area of Columbia County that’s just between Interstate 20 and Grovetown.

Eight units were damaged, although most of the structural damage was to one unit, according to authorities. A neighboring unit’s siding was visibly burned.

As the fire burned, some equipment popped on the air-conditioning units, possibly leading some people to believe propane tanks were involved. However, fire officials said there was no indication that was the case.

Although not much damage was visible a couple of hours later, neighbors were outside watching the action by crews from at least four firetrucks.

Also joining the crowd in the parking lot were those being displaced by the blaze.

Neighbor Imani Jackson said she was home when the fire broke out and she rushed out when she saw flames.

She heard knocking and first ignored it. But she eventually went downstairs. When she flames through her window, she ran outside.

Although it’s in Columbia County Fire Department jurisdiction, the agency requested help from Grovetown crews at 3:30 p.m. The neighboring city sent one pumper.

Authorities reported that no one was injured.

Red Cross assistance was requested for those who were displaced.

It was the CSRA’s second residential fire of the afternoon.

Earlier, flames burned a shed and mobile home in the 2200 block of Augusta Road in Aiken County.

The Langley Fire Department had command of the scene, but the Aiken County Sheriff’s Office said no injuries were reported, but a natural gas line to the home kept the fire going for some time.

Augusta Road was closed due to the fire, which was reported just after 2 p.m.

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