3 Easley Firefighters Injured By Exploding Tire

Debris field from the explosion as indicated by the black area adjacent to the equipment. – Photo Provided

Easley, SC – Three City of Easley Firefighters were injured this morning when a large tire on an earth mover exploded as they worked to extinguish the fire. At 0713 this morning (March 30, 2017) the City of Easley Fire Department responded to a reported heavy equipment fire in the area of Holly Brush Road and Dacusville Highway. Upon their arrival, firefighters found a large earth mover that was heavily involved in flames in an area that had been freshly graded. Due to the soft ground an off-road firefighting apparatus was called to the scene. While crews were working to extinguish the fire, a large tire on the earth mover exploded violently, injuring three firefighters.

“This is a prime example of both the dangers we face as firefighters, as well as the dedication and commitment to the City’s professional firefighters.” Fire Chief Butch Womack stated.

All three firefighters received only minor injuries and were treated and released from the hospital, expected to make a full recovery. This is something Chief Womack attributed to the proper use of full personal protective equipment. Pickens County EMS, Pickens County Rescue 8, and the South Carolina Forestry Commission also responded to assist. It took firefighters 30 minutes to control the fire.

The cause of the fire was not known at the time of this article.


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Editor and Photojournalist for SConFire.com. Currently employed by the Department of Defense as a Firefighter/EMT. Past North Charleston Fire Department and Whitesville Fire Department. Colt is also the owner of 3 House Photography where his work that doesn't go to SConFire.com is published. Colt uses Canon gear and is currently shooting with 5D Mkiii and 6D cameras along with the 24-105 F4L, 70-200 2.8L IS ii, and 14 2.8L ii Canon lenses along with the Sigma 50 1.4 Art and 150-600 Sport lenses. Colt also uses a 360Fly HD 360 camera to capture events as they unfold.