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Fire breaks out in storm-blasted neighborhood

Apr 6, 2011 8:32:00 AM - thestate.com
Long after the winds died down, a home in a neighborhood hard hit by Tuesday's windstorm was the victim of a fire related to the storm.

The house on Easter Street caught fire early this morning when a resident used a kerosene lantern for light because the neighborhood lost power, the Columbia-Richland Fire Service said.

Firefighters were called to the house just after 4 a.m. today and found the house on fire, interim chief Aubrey Jenkins said. The fire was under control in about 30 minutes but the home suffered about $70,000 in damages.

The lantern was being used in a bedroom and investigators believe it was the cause, although the actual ignition source was not immediatly known, Jenkins said.

Four people live in the house, but three of them were staying with others because of the power outage. One man who stayed behind was taken to the hospital for a minor injury, the chief said.

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