Colleton County Fire-Rescue
01/December/2018 – Structure Fire – “C” Shift
Incident # 18-08350 – A Ruffin home was heavily damaged
in a mid afternoon fire Saturday 01-December at 11:36. A passerby notified
9-1-1 that the residence located at 23576 Lowcountry Hwy (US Hwy. 21) had
smoke coming from the house. Engine 7 arrived 5 minutes later reporting
heavy smoke conditions and flames coming through the roof in the center of
the doublewide mobile home. Firefighter-Paramedics deployed multiple
handlines to the structure and forced entry through the back door where most
of the fire was located. A neighbor arrived and reported a person may be
trapped inside and identified a bedroom. A second crew made entry through a
front window and searched the bedroom and an adjacent room, but did not
found anyone inside. Most of the fire was located in the attic space. Crews
pulled the ceilings in several rooms to reach the fire that spread the
length of the 80’ mobile home. It took firefighters about 30 minutes to
bring the fire under control. Units were on the scene performing overhaul
for about 3 hours. The fire started from a pot left cooking on the stove and
spread through the kitchen and into the attic space. The kitchen was
destroyed and the remainder of the home suffered heat, smoke and water
damage. Many personal items were saved, but the home in no longer habitable.
The Red Cross is as assisting the family.
Engine 7, Engine 4, Tender 4, Tender 7, Tender 15, Tender 17, Tender 18, Tender 23, Tender 26, Tender 27, Medic 7, Medic 18, Medic 26, Battalion 1, Car 105, Car 112 and Car 118 responded. Battalion Chief Scott Feather served as Incident Commander.
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