Mount Pleasant fire burns several acres

A forestry department plow heads into the woods to continue cutting a fire line to assist Mount Pleasant firefighters in containing a brush blaze between between Rifle Range Road and Hungryneck Parkway west of Venning Road on Wednesday evening.

MOUNT PLEASANT — Nearly 20 firefighters spent several hours Wednesday fighting a fast-moving brush fire at the center of town.

A firefighter spotted the blaze about 5 p.m. near an abandoned house on a dirt road off Rifle Range Road near McAlister-Smith Funeral Home. A car in the backyard was burned, and Mount Pleasant police were trying to determine who owns the car and why it was there, said police Lt. Sean Kenneally.

The fire spread from the area near Rifle Range and Venning roads and headed toward the rear of the Laurel Lakes subdivision. The S.C. Forestry Commission used a plow to cut a wide trench around the 6- to 8-acre woods fire, which was under control by about 6:45 p.m., said Battalion Chief Jimmy Johnston of the Mount Pleasant Fire Department.

Kenneally said officials found evidence that suggested teenagers have been in the house. An arson investigator is looking into the cause of the fire and whether it is suspicious, Johnston said.