Family keeps faith after fire

  • Not much is left after a fire destroyed this home on Legion Road in Blackville on July 24.

Lightning could be to blame for a fire that destroyed a Blackville house, but fire officials say they are unsure of the exact cause.

Firefighters from the Blackville and Hilda fire departments were called to 4737 Legion Road in Blackville for a reported house fire on Monday, July 24 around 4:24 p.m.

“It was involved when the first truck arrived on scene. They (the firefighters) did a good job stopping it,” said Blackville Fire Chief James Haskins, who recently was promoted to the position.

The American Red Cross is providing financial assistance to Bill and Shaneka Deloach and their two children who were renting the home.

Bill Deloach was in Barnwell paying a bill after getting off work when he got the call about his house. “It’s a bad feeling to see everything you work for go up in flames,” he said as he looked at the remains of the house he and his family have called home since April 2014.

However, despite the loss of their house and most possessions, the couple is keeping a positive outlook.

“God is still good,” said Shaneka Deloach a couple hours after the fire.

“The most important thing is to keep us in prayer,” added Bill Deloach.

The couple is thankful their family and two dogs are safe. Shaneka said she had taken her son to Barnwell before the fire started because he wanted to go to McDonald’s. Their dogs are sometimes kept inside, but were outside at the time of the fire and were not harmed.

Chief Haskins said he is unable to determine exactly what caused the fire, although lightning is a possibility as there was a storm in the area around the time of the fire. Shaneka Deloach also said the person who spotted the fire and called 911 saw smoke coming out the electric meter.