Investigators no longer looking for person of interest in Kershaw County house fires

The Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office and CrimeStoppers are no longer looking for a person of interest who authorities believed had information regarding two house fires.

Deputies said Thursday that Markeil Jamar Lewis, 19, made contact with authorities in regards to fires that were set at two separate homes late Tuesday evening and early Wednesday morning.

Lugoff-Fire Rescue units were dispatched to the two locations to extinguish the fires.

Dennis Ray, a department spokesman, said the first house fire occurred at 8:30 p.m. on U.S. 1 near Richardson Boulevard. Lugoff Fire crews found heavy fire and smoke coming from the home upon their arrival. The responding fire crews were able to determine the residents were able to exit the front door of the home.

Fire crews from the Blaney, Pine Grove and Doby’s Mill fire departments all arrived to assist in fighting the fire, which took crews about an hour to extinguish the fire, according to Ray.

There were no injuries reported and fire crews left the scene at 1:30 a.m.

Ray said Lugoff Fire-Rescue units were dispatched again at 3:30 a.m. to a mobile home that had caught fire on Wildwood Lane near Whitehead Road. Upon arrival, firefighters could see fire and smoke coming from one room in the home.

Firefighters were able to extinguish the fire quickly and there were no injuries reported, according to Ray.

Fire investigators from Lugoff Fire Department are investigating both incidents along with investigators from the Kershaw County Sheriff’s Department and the State Law Enforcement Division.

Ray said there has not been a monetary damage estimates determined as a result of the fires.

November 5, 2014 | State, The: Web Edition Articles (Columbia, SC)Author: HARRISON CAHILL, hcahill@thestate.com | Section: NEWS

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