Beaufort/Port Royal, SC – Firefighters with the City of Beaufort/Town of Port Royal Fire Department, the Burton Fire District, and personnel from the Beaufort Police Department and Beaufort County EMS responded to a report of a structure fire on Rodgers Dr. in Beaufort SC, at approximately 1900 hrs. on Sunday, September 17, 2017. First arriving fire crews found heaving fire conditions throughout the home.
“There was fire coming from every opening,” said Lt. Josh Doud, who was first on the scene with Ladder Company 1.
“The residents of this home were very lucky,” said Chief Reece Bertholf. “This fire started in the bedroom and it quickly overpowered the efforts of the residents to extinguish it. It appears that these residents made it out of the home with the fire consuming the home around them.” Fire crews were able to connect to a fire hydrant and utilize hand lines from the department’s Ladder Company 1 and bring the blaze under control in about 30 minutes. Overhaul operations and the investigation continued for about 3 hours. The fire was determined to have started in a bedroom and the cause of the fire is still under investigation. The interior of the home and the contents of the home were a total loss. This home was a part of the recent smoke detector blitz in which the City of Beaufort/Town of Port Royal Fire Department partnered with the Red Cross for over a year going door to door installing smoke detectors in our community. “There is no doubt in my mind that the presence of smoke alarms in this home were a contributing factor to the residents being alerted to the fire and escaping with their lives,” said Chief Bertholf. “This is an excellent example where the resources of the Red Cross who provided the smoke detectors and the ability of our department to take those smoke detectors door to door in our community paired up to make a difference.”
Residents of the City of Beaufort and Town of Port Royal are encouraged to contact the Fire Department at 843-525-7055 for a free home safety evaluation and smoke detector installation.