‘My kids are scared’: Summerville woman worries after ‘circle of fire’ behind home

Published: Dec. 7, 2021 at 4:43 AM EST|Updated: Dec. 7, 2021 at 10:23 AM EST
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SUMMERVILLE, S.C. (WCSC) - Investigators with the Dorchester County Sheriff’s Office say a fire at some woods in the Summerville area came from a neighbor who was burning leaves.

On Monday, a Summerville homeowner said she saw a mysterious fire break out in a wooded area behind her yard.

Deputies then investigated the incident and discovered it was from a nearby burn.

Sade Major said on Monday she got a knock on her door at around 5:30 p.m. from someone notifying her about the fire in the wooded area behind her home.

“I ran into the backyard, and there was a big circle of fire,” Major said.

Major, a single mother who lives with her four children, said they were terrified because of how close the fire was to their home.

Firefighters arrived soon after to put out the blaze, which left Major confused as to how it started.

“They felt like it could spread and burn the house down, and they’re in the house,” Major said. “I told [the firefighters,] ‘No, I didn’t see anybody inside my yard, and I don’t even know how the fire even got there.’”

Dorchester County deputies arrived not long after the fire was extinguished to investigate. Major showed investigators where the fire apparently started.

However, hours after it broke out, the ground has been left charred, and Major is left fuming and worried.

“My kids are scared, and that’s why I feel like I have to protect my kids because they don’t have to be scared in their own home. They should never feel scared in their own home,” Major said. “I’m in a defense mode. I can honestly say that. I’m very much so in defense ‘cause at the end of the day, it’s about me and my kids’ protection. I bought this home so me and my kids can be in peace, and we don’t have to worry about problems or anything like that.”

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