Colleton County Fire-Rescue
06/November/2017 – Structure Fire – “C” Shift
Incident # 17-07674 - An alert Sheriff’s Deputy on Patrol in the Ritter Community discovered a house on fire at 3819 Possum Corner Road Monday morning 06-November at 11:23. The Deputy had 9-1-1 Dispatchers notify Fire-Rescue units of the incident. Fire units arrived several minutes later to find the building approximately 35% involved with heavy smoke conditions coming from all sides of the single story building. Firefighter-Paramedics used a deck gun to knock down the flames and deployed two 1-3/4” handlines to conduct an interior attack on the remaining fire. Crews forced entry through a front door and a side door to reach the inside of the structure. The fire destroyed one large room and the roof collapsed over that area of the building, but firefighters stopped the spread of the fire and saved the remainder of the building. Two other rooms suffered heat and smoke damage. No one was living in the structure at the time of the fire. The fire appears to have spread from an unattended trash pile fire located approximately five feet from the building. The fire spread through the grass and burned under the building before gaining momentum and burning through the floor of the structure. Firefighters were on the scene for three hours. Water supply was handled with Tenders.
Engine 1, Engine 6, Engine 22, Tender 1, Tender 2, Tender 6, Tender 22, Medic 1, Medic 6, Battalion 1, Car 105, Car 118 and Car 119 responded. Deputy Chief David Greene served as Incident Commander.
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