CLINTON—A small fire Monday morning caused minor damage to a section of the Anderson County jail that is being expanded.
A construction worker on the roof of the 212-bed expansion was welding with a torch at about 11:15 a.m. Monday when it set insulation on the outside of the building on fire, Anderson County officials said. The insulation was between vinyl siding and concrete block, said Larry Davidson, Anderson County Sheriff’s Department captain and acting chief jailer.
The fire was contained to the outside of the Anderson County Detention Facility, and no one was injured. There was no water or smoke damage, but the fire burned a small hole in the side of the building, Davidson said.
The siding will have to be removed and replaced, Anderson County Law Director Jay Yeager told County Commissioners on Monday night.
Officials said the Clinton Fire Department and ACSD both responded quickly to Monday’s lunchtime fire. Workers were briefly evacuated, and the flames were extinguished within 15 minutes after Clinton firefighters arrived, WYSH Radio reported.
The jail expansion is slated to open early next year.