Family Leaves Food On Stove To Pay Power Bill, Returns To House Fire

Crews responded to a house fire on Ravenwood Drive off Memorial Drive around 7:30 Wednesday night.

A neighbor spotted the fire and called 911 because the people who lived in the home were not at home at the time of the fire.

Earlier in the day officials say the occupants came home and learned the electricity had been turned when they tried to cook something. So they went to the utility office to pay the bill.

Greenville Fire Battalion Chief Eric Griffin says electricity was restored to the house, and the stove burner was left on with food cooking which caught fire.

"According to the occupant they stated that they didn't have the chance to pay the electric bill. The lights were cut off for a short time today, and then cut back on while they were gone," said Griffin.

The Red Cross is assisting the family.

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