Colleton County Fire-Rescue


31-July-2016 Structure Fires A Shif

Incident # 16-04891 A Burlington Road family lost their home in a mid-afternoon fire that occurred Saturday 31-July at 15:51. The homeowner was outside performing yard work when he noticed smoke coming from the house. He attempted to enter the home, but the smoke and heat was too intense. He was able to get two canines safely out of the house, but a third pet died in the fire. The man received a cut on the arm while attempting to rescue the dog. Firefighters arrived minutes later to find the single story wood frame dwelling fully involved. Crews used a deck gun to knock down the fire, then deployed one 2-1/2 inch handline and two 1-3/4 handlines to combat the fire. A doublewide mobile home located approximately 40 feet away on the adjacent property was also damaged. Firefighters worked for 20 minutes to bring the fire under control, but were performing overhaul for over 1-1/2 hours. A Tender shuttle provided water supply. Firefighter-Paramedics treated the injured man at the scene, but he denied ambulance transportation to the hospital. The home was a total loss. The house next door suffered damage to the vinyl and wood siding. The heat index for the afternoon was 111 degrees. Neighbors brought out an ice cooler with bottled water and distributed it to firefighters. Crews were grateful. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Engine 19, Engine 26, Tender 1, Tender 5, Tender 19, Tender 26, Tender 27, Medic 9, Medic 19, Battalion 1, Car 12, Car 107, Car 118 and Car 119 responded. Chief McRoy served as Incident Commander.  

Incident # 16-04895 A second structure was reported at 17:28 at 906 Proctor Street. The initial call advised the resident could smell something burning. Engine 27 arrived to find fire in an interior wall of the home resulting from an electrical outlet. Firefighters removed a portion of the wall and quickly extinguished the fire, then isolated the electrical circuit. Damage to the home was minimal.

Engine 1, Engine 27, Medic 1 and Car 118 responded. Captain Roger Johnston served as Incident Commander.  

Incident # 16-04898 A third structure fire was reported at 17:47 at 195 Running Creek Lane west of Cottageville. The caller reported seeing smoke coming from her roof. Firefighters arrived to find no visible signs and determined the cause was the result of cooking. No damage was reported to the home.

Engine 9, Engine 902, Tender 9, Tender 19, Medic 1 and Car 118 responded. Battalion Chief Joseph Campbell served as Incident Commander.