Colleton County Fire-Rescue


Station # 5 was dispatched to a grass fire in the 2200 block of Cannon Road Tuesday afternoon 30-June at 1454. Engine 5 arrived to find a four acre broom straw field rapidly burning with a singlewide mobile home approximately 40% involved. A full structural response was assigned bringing Stations 9, 19 and 27 to assist. SC Forestry Commission was also dispatched with a tractor. Firefighters used two 1-3/4 handlines and a booster line from Engine 5 to attack the mobile home fire. The interior of the structure flashed over as firefighters prepared to make entry. Crews quickly knocked down the heavy fire conditions inside the mobile home as the fast moving field fire spread to three acres. Driven by light winds and fueled by dry grass, the fire burned unchecked until Engine 19 arrived and began attacking the head of the field fire. A deck gun was used to reach halfway into the field which slowed the spread, while firefighters used a booster line and flaps to work the east flank. Once the Forestry tractor arrived, he was able to cut off the advance with a double fire break and then worked his way back toward the wooded area and the mobile home.

Water supply was handled with Tenders pumping truck to truck. Two

firefighters were treated at the scene by Firefighter-Paramedics for heat related problems. None required transportation to the hospital. The mobile home suffered heavy damage. It was not occupied, but contained a tremendous fire load of furniture and beddings, which were piled five feet high in several rooms. Overhaul took about an hour as crews rotated out due 100 degree outside temperatures.

Engine 5, Engine 9, Engine 19, Tender 5, Tender 19, Tender 27, Medic 9, Medic 19, Battalion 1 and Truck 12 responded. Engineer-Paramedic Gary Doyen served as Incident Commander.