Teen burned in house fire

A 13-year-old girl was injured during a fire that damaged her family’s home last week.

Evelyn Ford’s house at 80 Brown Street caught fire around 7:50 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 12, although she was in Aiken visiting a relative at the time. However, some of her relatives, who also lived there, were home.

One of Ford’s 13-year-old granddaughters was injured in the fire, which started in the bathroom, said Barnwell Fire Chief Tony Dicks. The granddaughter was transported to Doctors Hospital in Augusta, Ga. She was released on Oct. 14, but Ford said her granddaughter still has to heal and will be out of school for a while.

Dicks said it’s unclear what caused the fire. He said they were unable to talk to the granddaughter, who was in the bathroom at the time, due to her being taken to the hospital.

The bathroom sustained extensive damage, but the fire also “advanced out of the bathroom and went into the attic area,” said Dicks. A break in a water line caused damage by flooding the bathroom. There was also smoke damage throughout the house.

“I’m just thankful everyone made it out,” said Ford.

While the house can be repaired, it is unlivable. Ford said she did not have insurance and appreciates any help the community can provide to fix her home. The American Red Cross provided some temporary assistance.

Ford lived in the home with two of her children and two grandchildren. They are now staying with relatives.

Anyone interested in helping can contact Ford at (803) 300-5590.