SPARTANBURG, SC (WSPA) – Reidville Fire Department officials confirmed a house fire on Penick Drive in Duncan Thursday night was caused by a lightning strike.
According to news releases from the American Red Cross Friday, volunteers were assisting three separate families impacted by home fires throughout Spartanburg County Thursday.
In the Penick Drive house fire, volunteers are assisting three adults and child with financial assistance for food, clothing, lodging and other essentials.
That fire was reported just before 7 p.m. Thursday.
The homeowner told us Friday that no one was home at the time of the fire, and said the fire was contained to the attic.
“When I came (home) there were firetrucks all over, and I could see smoke and the house was on fire,” Shinoo Rana said. “Reidville Fire Department was wonderful and I’m grateful to them that they asked me what was important and made sure those pictures were saved.”
We asked her what the pictures were of that she saved and she said, “My children and a painting done by my mother, so that was very precious to me. So, I’m glad that was saved. I’m sorry, but, you know, the rest is replaceable, so that’s fine.”
She told us her neighbors gave her family a place to stay last night and said that she’s trying to remain hopeful.
“Just trying to be hopeful and keep my faith, that probably God saved us by sending us and keeping us all out so there was no loss of life,” Rana said. “Materialistic things come and go, so that’s okay.”
According to the homeowner, the attic ceiling collapsed into the living room and said their alarm company alerted them to the fire.
“I would say thank to our security system, CPI,” Rana said. “If it wasn’t for them I probably would have found my house entirely burnt down and nothing would have been saved.”
The cause of two house fires — one on McGee Street in Spartanburg and one on Shady Lane in Boiling Springs — are still under investigation at this time.
The McGree Street fire was reported just before 7:10 p.m. and the Shady Lane fire was reported at 5:45 p.m.
Volunteers are assisting two adults following the McGee Street home fire, and three adults and three children in the Shady Lane fire.