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Explosion sends man to hospital, starts wildfire

A charred yard in Elgin (Source: Jack Kuenzie) A charred yard in Elgin (Source: Jack Kuenzie)

KERSHAW COUNTY, SC (WIS) - An explosion sent a man to the hospital and started a wildfire that burned several homes Monday afternoon.

Forestry Commission spokesperson Scott Hawkins says the fire started around 2:00 p.m. in the area of Sun Valley Drive and Chestnut Road in Elgin when a man working with a cutting torch touched off an explosion in a shed.

Hawkins said the man was airlifted from the scene to an area hospital.  There is no word on his condition.

The explosion ignited a wildfire that damaged 3 to 4 homes and burned at least 3 to 4 acres, according to Hawkins. Firefighters were able to get the fire under control late Monday afternoon.

A second fire is burning in the Bethune area, according to Sheriff Jim Matthews. There is no word on the size of the fire or if it has threatened any structures.

Stay with WIS and wistv.com for the latest on this developing story

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