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Goose Creek Fire Chief suspects fireworks started brush fire

Authorities say that the fire is still smoldering and expected to burn for quite a while. (Photo: Mark Davenport) Authorities say that the fire is still smoldering and expected to burn for quite a while. (Photo: Mark Davenport)
GOOSE CREEK, SC (WCSC) -

GOOSE CREEK (WCSC) - A 15-acre brush fire that continued to burn late Thursday night has been extinguished.

There is speculation that the fire did not start naturally. "Someone had to have been out there to start that fire," said Goose Creek Fire Chief Steve Chapman. Chapman suspects that the fire might have been caused by kids playing with fireworks.

Rain in the area helped douse the flames, but this event has raised bigger concerns.

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"Right now we are seeing virtually no rain in goose creek," says assistant Goose Creek Fire Chief Norm Cutshall. "It seems like it rains everywhere else but Goose Creek."

Cutshall says brush fires in the Goose Creek area are not only getting more frequent, they're getting larger.

At the height of the burn off Highway 176 behind the Cobblestone apartment complex, firefighters say the flames were moving 40 to 50 feet a minute and it was only after they dug out fire lines that the blaze died down and started to smolder.

After the fire was completely contained, Cutshall says it seems like Goose Creek is fighting mother nature and losing.

"We need rain," Cutshall says. "The fuels are very dry, the hot temperatures are heating up the fuels and we're getting fires."

The dry conditions throughout the state has put all counties on a red flag fire alert, which means wildfire danger is increasing and outdoor burning may become hard to control.

And without help from mother nature, Cutshall says this big brush fire may just be the beginning.

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