Colleton County Fire-Rescue
30/October/2012 – Cotton Bale/Machinery Fire – “C” Shift
Incident # 12-05946 – A report of a tractor trailer fire loaded with equipment, sent multiple units to the intersection of Broxton Bridge Highway (US 601) and Confederate Highway (SC 641) 30-October at 12:24. Engine 23 arrived to find a large, tractor trailer sized bale of cotton on fire and a damaged John Deere Combine which had already been extinguished. Several responding fire units were cancelled. Firefighters spent over an hour soaking down the smoldering pile of cotton. The fire started in the machinery, but the operator was able to dump the load before any severe damage to the combine was incurred. The machine suffered moderate damage. Firefighters were on the scene over an 1-1/2 hours.
Engine 18, Engine 23, Tender 4, Tender 7, Tender 18, Tender 23, Medic 18 and Battalion 1 responded. Firefighter-Paramedic Janet Laney served as Incident Commander.
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