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SLED, FD investigating fire at Oconee County Law Enforcement Center

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Crews battle blaze at Oconee Law Enforcement Center (Source: iWitness) Crews battle blaze at Oconee Law Enforcement Center (Source: iWitness)
WALHALLA, SC (FOX Carolina) -

An investigation is underway into the cause of fire that heavily damaged the Oconee Law Enforcement Center on Saturday.

The call came in at 5:37 p.m. 

Walhalla Fire Department Chief Brandon Burton told FOX the fire started on the first story of the building, causing significant smoke damage to the second floor. The dispatch center was evacuated during the incident as a precaution.

While no one was injured in the blaze, Burton estimated that there would be over $100,000 in damages.

Burton said crews were able to extinguish the fire within 20 minutes of arriving on scene. Five fire departments responded to assist.

S Church Street was also closed for a period of time as crews worked to get the fire extinguished.

On Monday, the Sheriff's office stated that law enforcement operations were continuing as normal.

Public Information Officer Jimmy Watt said the fire mostly affected the Uniform Patrol Division. Watt said the Uniform Patrol Division is using substations in Seneca, Longcreek, and Salem in order to file reports. 

Watt stated that the fire affected the original Law Enforcement Center, but the new addition to the building only received some smoke during the fire.

"The Sheriff’s Office is open for business, as usual, and our normal and routine law enforcement operations continue and if our citizens need us, we will respond to their calls," Watt said. 

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