More than $200,000 in damages was done when fire broke out at an RV company in Newberry early Saturday morning.
The fire was spotted by a S.C. Highway Patrol trooper around 4 a.m. Saturday and by the time firefighters had arrived on the scene a window had broken out and the fire had flashed over, said Prosperity Assistant Chief Kyle Vaughn.
The fire quickly escaped out of the roof of the business office on C.R. Koon Highway and both ends of the building.
Vaughn says the fire was likely caused in or around the air handler unit in the attic.
The fire did heavy damage to the front, brick office building and spread to an attached metal building behind the office.
The back building had heat and smoke damage.
Due to the roof already impacted by the fire the blaze was fought from the exterior of the building.
No campers were damaged in the blaze, said Vaughn.
But he added there were challenges with fighting the fire due to a lack of manpower that turned out. He said many of the volunteer departments in the county and the city fire department are in need of volunteers but stricter requirements for long hours of training are holding back people from joining.
Vaughn says with temperatures so hot, that the local fire department have seen a jump in structure fires in the past couple of weeks due to strains on the electrical systems.
The Prosperity, Friendly and Saint Philips fire departments responded to the scene along with Newberry City Fire Department members bringing Tower One to the scene to fight the fire from above.
Also responding were the Prosperity Rescue Squad, Newberry County Sheriff’s Office, S.C. Highway Patrol and others.
Firefighters remained on the scene until around 8 a.m. and were called back due to a smoldering bookcase.