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Firefighters: Family escapes fully-engulfed house fire

Source: Colleton County Fire & Rescue Source: Colleton County Fire & Rescue
Source: Colleton County Fire & Rescue Source: Colleton County Fire & Rescue
WALTERBORO, SC (WCSC) -

The Red Cross is assisting a Walterboro family who lost their home to an early-morning two-alarm fire.

Officials on the scene say a family made it out of the home in the 700 block of Live Oak Street and went to a neighbor's home seeking help at approximately 2:38 a.m.

Firefighters responded approximately eight minutes later to find the home fully engulfed.

Crews had the bulk of the fire knocked down within 30 minutes, but were on the scene five hours. 

The rear of the building was destroyed, with most of the interior being gutted. Most personal items were lost. The home was originally a single-wide mobile home that had been doubled in size and had a roof installed over the original building, which firefighters say hampered efforts to extinguish the fire because of multiple walls, ceilings and a double roof.

Investigators said the fire appeared to have started in the kitchen area of the original structure and then spread to the attic and into the newer addition.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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