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Beaufort FD: Lightning likely sparked Prince Street house fire

BEAUFORT, SC (WTOC) -

A fire destroyed a home in Beaufort's Historic District late Wednesday night.

The Beaufort Fire Dept. responded just after 11 p.m. to a fire at a home 500 block of Prince Street.

Flames had already gone through the roof by the time firefighters arrived. Firefighters from Beaufort and Burton got the fire under control in a half hour. But it took four hours to completely extinguish the blaze because the roof collapsed and firefighters couldn't go inside to fight the fire, according to a fire department news release.

The fire has been ruled accidental, according to the fire department.

The Beaufort Fire Dept. used lightning strike software that showed a lightning strike that hit within 25 meters of the home at about 3:41 p.m. Wednesday.

Neighbors also reported hearing a loud bang earlier Wednesday afternoon that's consistent with the sound of a lightning strike.

"It appears this house fire most likely started from storm lightning," said Beaufort Fire Chief Sammy Negron in a statement. "Our firefighters worked hard to contain the fire, which is a tremendous concern in the Historic District where sometimes the homes are so close together and fire can jump from lot to lot."

Witnesses told firefighters that the home had been recently sold and tenants were scheduled to move in next week, according to the fire department.

No one was injured during the fire. Beaufort police and Beaufort County EMS also assisted at the fire scene.

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