Heavy Fire on arrival for Colleton Crews

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Photos by Harold Buzzell

A Springtown home was heavily damaged in an afternoon fire Sunday 05-February. At 18:32, Colleton 9-1-1 Operators received multiple reports of a building on fire at 8947 Augusta Hwy. (SC Hwy 61). Callers reported fire coming from the back and roof of the building with several nearby homes endangered. Colleton County Fire-Rescue Battalion 1 arrived 7 minutes later to find the single story wood frame dwelling heavily involved with fire visible from the roof and most of the rear of the structure in flames. Engine 26 arrived a short time later and deployed two 1-3/4 handlines. One crew protected an exposure, a doublewide mobile home 35 feet west of the building, while a second crew forced entry through the front door. Firefighter-Paramedics made an aggressive attack on the fire quickly bringing it under control within 15 minutes. The home suffered heavy damage during the fire, however one room and its contents were saved with little damage. Some personal items were also saved. Damage to the doublewide mobile home next door was minimal with only the vinyl siding being damaged. A car on the other side of the structure also received minor damage. The remaining two nearby structures were not damaged. Water supply was handled with a Tender shuttle. No one was injured during the incident. Sheriff’s Deputies detoured traffic on Augusta Hwy for two hours. The Red Cross is assisting the family.

Engine 5, Engine 7, Engine 26, Tender 5, Tender 7, Tender 26, Tender 32, Tender 36, Medic 26, Battalion 1 and Car 118 responded. Battalion Chief Brent Dalton served as Incident Commander.

About Todd Pruitt

Owner- SConFire.com and currently a career Fire Captain. Past Operations Chief for Greater Valley EMS & Rescue in Sayre, PA and Volunteer Truck Captain in the City of Salisbury, MD. Over 25 Years of Experience in Emergency Services.