Colleton County Fire-Rescue
Fire-Rescue responded to two
building fires Saturday morning 31-January. The first was received at 1107
AM reporting a grass fire at 11071 Combahee Road near Hendersonville.
Within minutes callers to 9-1-1 reported a storage building on fire at the
location and advised the grass fire was rapidly moving toward a mobile
home. A full structural response was assigned, bringing four fire stations
and additional firefighters to the scene. Engine 8 arrived within minutes
reporting an approximately two acre, fast moving grass fire in a broom
straw field with an approximately 20’x20’ storage building fully
involved. Firefighters positioned their equipment to protect the mobile
home and were successful in preventing the fire from reaching the
structure. A Forestry tractor also responded and contained the remainder
of the grass fire. The storage building was destroyed.
Twenty minutes later at 1127,
while units were working the Combahee Road fire, Fire-Rescue was alerted
to a second structure fire at 211 Sixth Street east of Walterboro. Engine
19 arrived about six minutes later to find a singlewide mobile home well
involved, with approximately 60 % of the building already destroyed. The
homeowner had gone to the store and returned to find his house on fire.
The home was located behind another mobile home, which could have
contributed to no one
spotting the burning building. Firefighters used two handlines to knock down
the fire. They were able stop any extension of the fire, however the family
lost everything in the building. The mobile home was mostly destroyed by the
fire and what was left standing was gutted. No one was injured and the
family had no insurance. The American Red Cross and Colleton United Way are
assisting the family. The fire appears to have started in the area of a
space heater near the center of the structure.
Stations 1, 8, 13 and 25 were
assigned to the Combahee fire. Battalion Chief Richard Sheffield served as
Stations 1, 12, 19 and 24 were assigned to the Sixth Street fire. Firefighter-EMT-I Justin Warko served as Incident Commander.