|Zoom 2018-04-12 14:24:00 | SC | BEAUFORT CO | BEAUFORT | 2ND ALARM | 1831 RIBAULT RD | B1, E4, L2, E83 O/S OF WORKING FIRE IN A MFD APT BUILDING | B1 REQ 2 ADDITIONAL EMS UNITS FOR RESCUED VICTIM AND INJ FF | SECOND ALARM FOR PIFD | INCIDENT ONGOING | SC-30|
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Firefighters with the City of Beaufort/Town of Port Royal Fire Department responded to a structure fire at the Sea Island Apartments in Port Royal at 14:16 on 4/12/2018. Firefighters arrived to find a 4 unit apartment building with fire pushing from the windows and doors from half of the building and heavy smoke pushing from the rest. As the
4 man engine company went into action, bystanders told them that there were still people in the last apartment.
The company officer and two firefighters located the apartment, found it filled with smoke and the victims still inside. The engine company engineer used the hose line from the exterior to control the fire in the other apartments
while the rest of the crew conducted the rescues. The rescue crew entered the apartment to find a wheelchair bound patient trying to find her way out. Two firefighters helped her to safety while the officer used a thermal imaging camera to search for the other victim. The company officer quickly located her just feet away, scooped her
up and carried her outside. Within seconds after arrival both victims were located, moved to safety, and treated for smoke inhalation. Firefighters continued to fight the fire and search the remaining apartments. Another male victimwho escaped on his own prior to the firefighters arrival, was treated on the scene by Beaufort County EMS, transported to Beaufort Memorial Hospital, and then flown to the August burn center for treatment. Beaufort / Port Royal firefighters were assisted by the Burton Fire District, the Parris Island Fire Department, Beaufort County Emergency Medical Services,the Port Royal Police Department and the Red Cross. The City of Beaufort/Town of Port
Royal FD, the Port Royal Police Department, and Beaufort County EMS were all on scene.