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1 dead in 2-car crash on SC 170 in greater Bluffton Read

August 17, 2014 A two-vehicle crash on S.C. 170 overnight Saturday killed one driver, injured a 2-year-old child, and forced authorities to shut down the road.

None of those involved were identified in a Bluffton Police Department news release Sunday morning.

The Bluffton Police Department was called to the crash scene between S.C. 170's intersection with Bluffton Parkway and Gibbet Road. The S.C. Highway Patrol was then brought in to investigate.

The child and the driver of the second vehicle were taken by ambulance to Savannah Memorial. Their conditions were not immediately available.

The news release did not say if or when the highway would be reopened, but a view of the area from a Beaufort County traffic camera traffic appeared to show traffic moving again at 9:30 a.m.

Bluffton warehouse fire deemed suspicious

July 31, 2014 A fire that damaged a warehouse in the Buckingham Plantation area of greater Bluffton, off U.S. 278, late Wednesday has been deemed suspicious.

Crews received a call at about 9:45 p.m. from a bystander who reported smoke that had drifted from the Anolyn Court warehouse off U.S. 278 to a restaurant on Buckingham Plantation Drive, Bluffton Township Fire District spokesman Randy Hunter said.

When the first engine arrived, firefighters quickly tracked the smoke to the warehouse.

"They were able to make a quick attack and slow the fire down even before the second and third arriving units got on scene," Hunter said.

The flames were extinguished within 30 minutes, but two firefighters remained at the scene overnight, under a new district policy designed to prevent unseen hot spots from flaring up, Hunter said. The fire marshal also remained into the night, working to determine the cause of the fire, which damaged part of the building that houses Clover Glass of Bluffton, Hunter said.

The fire is believed to have originated in a closet inside Clover Glass and spread to the adjoining business, Affordable Auto Repair, the release said. The cause remained undetermined Thursday.

The last employee to leave Clover Glass on Wednesday told deputies all doors were secured when she left for the day at about 7:15 p.m., according to a Sheriff's Office report. The owner of the business agreed.

A man who lives above Affordable Auto Repair also said the doors were closed when he left the building at about 5:15 p.m., and he did not see anyone suspicious in the area, the report said.

However, a fire inspector told deputies the incident seemed suspicious because both of the building's overhead bay doors were open when crews arrived, the report said.

The cause and an estimate of the damage were not available Thursday

Structure Fire in Heritage Lakes

June 14, 2014 – At approximately 5:00pm, the Bluffton Township Fire District was dispatched to 11 Allyan Court for a possible structure fire. Engine 323 arrived on scene an reported light smoke was showing from the exterior. Battalion 3 arrived on scene and reported a working incident. Engine 323 encountered heavy heat and no visibility on the second division and were able to make a knock on the fire. The fire was in the void spaces on the second division which required a lot of opening up walls and pulling ceilings. Due to the outside temperature and the labor intensive work that needed to be done, crews were rotated through rehab for their safety. Personnel on scene also did an extensive amount of property conservation by moving furniture and personal belongings in the garage. Furniture that could not be moved was covered with salvage covers to protect it from water damage. Crew were on scene for approximately 4 hours checking for hot spots and two personnel were assigned to maintain a fire watch. No injuries were reported and the cause of the fire is being investigated by the BTFD Fire Marshal’s Office. Units on scene – Engine 323, 320, 326, Truck 375 Service 365, 301, and Battalion 3. Special Call - Engine 321 and 325 to the scene and Hilton Head Fire and Rescue Engine 3 transferred to Station 33 for stand-by. The BTFD were also assised on scene by Beaufort County EMS and the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office.