Colleton County Fire-Rescue
26/December/2019 – Structure Fire – “C” Shift
Incident # 19-08969 – Firefighters saved a home at
11154 Jefferies Hwy Thursday 26-December. At 12:26, an adult male was awaken
by smoke in the residence. He found an adjacent bedroom on fire and was able
to closed the door to the room, which helped contain the fire. The man
attempted to use a container to throw water on the fire, but he was driven
out of the home by the smoke. He ran next door to have the neighbor call
9-1-1. Initial reports indicated an adult female was trapped in the home.
Firefighters arrived minutes later to find heavy smoke conditions on all
sides of the single story dwelling and flames coming from the bedroom
windows at the rear of the structure. Firefighter-Paramedics deployed one
handline to the rear of the structure and knocked down the flames, while a
second crew deployed another line through the front door. The second team
quickly searched the building, encountered flames in the hall and
extinguished the remaining fire in the hall, the bedroom and the attic above
the bedroom. No other occupants were found in the building. The adult female
was accounted for safe and was not in the residence at the time of the fire.
The bedroom suffered substantial damage, however the remainder of the home
suffered smoke and heat damage, but many personal items were saved. The
woman advised she remembered leaving a candle burning in the room when she
left for work, which apparently caused the fire. The male was evaluated by
Firefighter-Paramedics for smoke inhalation at the scene, but did not
require transportation to the hospital. The Red Cross is assisting the
family. Units were on the scene for 1-1/2 hours.
Engine 19, Engine 26, Tender 5, Tender 9, Tender 19, Tender 26, Tender 27, Rescue 1, Medic 9, Medic 19, Medic 26, Battalion 1, Car 27, Car 112 and Car 119 responded. Battalion Chief Brent Dalton served as Incident Commander.
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