Clover home, shelter catches fire overnight



CLOVER, S.C. - A fire destroyed a pastor's home in Clover Wednesday morning, and caused the evacuation of two homeless shelters he runs.

Fire raced through the home of Sammy and Annie Thompson on Short Street just after 6 a.m.

Thompson said he thinks the fire started when a child may have accidentally placed a blanket too close to a space heater.

No one was hurt, but the men's and women's shelters that are a part of Lighthouse Ministries had to be evacuated.

Thompson said he tried to put the fire out, but the frigid cold made it impossible.

Lighthouse Ministries has been a fixture in Clover for 20 years and operates a shelter and serves meals to those in need.