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Renegade squirrel cause of large 40-acre fire in Pelion, officials say

Crews from Lexington fire and the South Carolina Forestry Commision are working to quell a 20-acre woods fire in Pelion. (Source: CountyLex Twitter) Crews from Lexington fire and the South Carolina Forestry Commision are working to quell a 20-acre woods fire in Pelion. (Source: CountyLex Twitter)
PELION, SC (WIS) -

The cause of a fire in Pelion that scorched more than 40 acres and $11,000 worth of damage was caused by a squirrel, a South Carolina Forestry Commission official said. 

Doug Wood with SCFC says that a squirrel caused the fire on Jewell Boone Road in Pelion on Wednesday. No one was injured, but the fire started when a squirrel was running power lines and touched a grounded pole and was electrocuted, which caused sparks to fly and catch the ground below on fire 

The $11,000 worth of damage includes hay bales, tools, and vehicles on the property. 

Residents who live nearby said when the fire began, they lost power. A fire supervisor started walking the line and found a blown transformer and the squirrel. 

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