Salvation Army captain recovering after house fire

Photo Courtesy of Ashley Myles

SPARTANBURG CO., S.C. (WSPA) – A captain with the Salvation Army was hurt in a house fire that destroyed his family’s home.

Crews responded to the home of Captain Donnie Marvels around 11 p.m. Saturday on Hunters Pointe Drive in Spartanburg County.

Marvels was burned in the fire and taken to Spartanburg Regional Medical Center before he was transferred to the Joseph M. Still Burn Center in Augusta, said Tom Louden, general secretary of the Salvation Army of the Carolinas.

Marvels’ wife, Paulette, and the couple’s child were also inside the home at the time. We are told neither Paulette nor their child were hurt. Paulette is a Corps Officer for the Salvation Army.

Fire investigators ruled the fire an accident. They say Donnie Marvels was working on the fuel tank of a motorcycle in the garage when the vapors ignited as he opened the garage door.

Firefighters say the fire spread to a room above the garage and the attic.

Captain Marvels has been released from the burn center and is home recovering with burns on his hands and feet.

“The Marvels are living in temporary housing and Salvation Army officers and corps (church) members are caring for their physical, emotional, and spiritual needs,” a spokeswoman with the Salvation Army of the Carolinas said in a statement.

Two firefighters were hurt. One was taken to the hospital with what were a fire chief described as non-serious injuries and remains out of work, while another firefighter was treated at the scene for heat-related illness and is back on the job.

Crews with North Spartanburg Fire Department, Duncan, Tyger River, Inman Community, Westview and Una responded to the blaze.

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