Colleton County Fire-Rescue
01/01/2012 – Structure Fire – “C” shift
Incident # 12-00024 – A fire in the heating unit caused minor damage to a home at 3972 Clover Hill Road Sunday evening 1-Janaury at 22:35. While units were at the scene of the Saxby Hill fire four miles away, a fire alarm was dispatched for the Clover Hill Road address. Engine 32 from Saxby Hill was assigned to investigate the fire alarm. While enroute the alarm company notified Dispatch that they had made contact with the resident who advised the house was on fire. Several other units on scene at Saxby Hill were then reassigned to respond as well. Engine 32 arrived to find light smoke in the residence with elevated temperatures on the “B” side of the structure. Crews used a thermal imaging camera to locate the source of the heat coming from the area of the heating unit in a hallway. The power was isolated to the heater. Crewmembers removed the front cover to find the interior burned and heat in the surrounding walls above 200 degrees. Firefighters pulled the sheetrock from around the heating unit and pulled the ceiling above the unit, but did not find any fire extension.
A PPV fan was used to remove the smoke from the home and to force cooler air to the “B” side of the home. After approximately 15 minutes temperatures in the home returned to normal. The heating unit was disabled so the homeowner could have it repaired.
Engine 32, Tender 27, Medic 1, Medic 6, Battalion 1, Car 12 and Car 116 responded. Battalion Chief Marty Stallings served as Incident Commander.
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