Afternoon fire claims Palmetto home

Published 6:00 am Tuesday, January 5, 2010

A late afternoon structure fire claimed a home in the WestLincoln area Monday, volunteer fire department officials said.

The fire at 1937 Palmetto Trail started some time before 4:30p.m., firefighters said. The home, owned by Deborah and HowardCase, was about 80 percent involved when units from Zetus, LoydStar, and New Sight volunteer fire departments arrived on thescene.

Zetus Fire Chief Dale Anding said the structure was a totalloss. He said, however, that the homeowners were there when thefire started, and were lucky nobody was hurt.

“He told me last night when it caught up and first startedburning, they got out but then went back in to get her medicine,”he said. “They were having to stay low to the ground, because ithad filled up with smoke. That could have been bad – you can go tothe drug store and get more medicine.”

Anding said the homeowners were not aware of what might havestarted the fire.

The fire reignited around 7:15 p.m., at which point firefightersreturned to the scene and put out hot spots and some fire in thegrass around the building.