• Family escapes Indian Land house fire

    By: Greg Suskin

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    INDIAN LAND, S.C. - Brandon Dickerson, 14, spent one hour at Indian Land High School Thursday morning.

    "My grandmother came to pick me up. Took me back here," he said.

    He returned to his home on Haley Lane where he found his parents outside and the house reduced to rubble, still smoldering.

    "It's just shock. You see this kind of stuff on TV but never expect it to happen to you," Dickerson said.

    Neighbors told Channel 9 they heard a popping sound around 8 a.m. Thursday then something like an explosion.

    "It went up fast. It was scary," said Mary Scott who lives next door.  

    She and her husband Larry Scott came outside to find the siding on their house melting in the intense heat.

    Their only concern was for their neighbors and friends.

    "We're just so happy they are OK. That's really all that matters," Scott said.

    Four fire stations responded, including Indian Land, Pleasant Valley, Fort Mill and Van Wyck.  

    As the fire disintegrated the second story of the home, neighbors could feel the heat all the way across the road.

    Crystal O'Gorman was home sick from work and made the 911 call.

    "I guess I was meant to be home today," she said. "I'm glad they're all OK."

    Her husband Ryan O’Gorman ran across to the burning house and knocked on the doors to alert the family.  

    The couple made it to safety with their two dogs.

    Dickerson plays football for Indian Land High School and neighbors pitched in all day long to help him and his parents salvage some things, including some of his sports gear.

    "We saved my U.S. national team jerseys, my helmet and a lot of my clothes," he said.

    Investigators said the garage was full of supplies used to work on cars, as well as a car that had been restored.  

    There was combustible material but it's not clear what caused it to ignite.

    The family's insurance company will investigate the cause of the fire and arrive on Friday.

    The family has not only neighbors providing support but also a place to stay.  

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