Colleton County Fire-Rescue


01/December/2022 - Structure Fire - "C" Shift

Incident # 22-09325 - Two people were burned and a singlewide mobile home was destroyed in an evening fire in the 8900 block of Lodge Highway in the Town of Lodge Thursday 01-December. At 22:51, Colleton County 9-1-1 was notified of the fire. The original call had been routed to Bamberg County 9-1-1. A father was awakened to smoke and heat in the home and discovered a fire in an infant's bedroom. He advised the bassinet was already melting. He was able to quickly save his daughter and exit the burning structure, along with the child's mother. Flames and smoke were coming from the residence. Neighbors used a garden hose in an attempt to control the flames. Engine 18 arrived to find the singlewide mobile home well involved. The infant girl received severe burns and the father also received burns during the rescue of his daughter. Firefighter-Paramedics on Medic 7 treated both at the scene and requested a medical helicopter for the child. CARE Flight was not available and Meducare had an extended ETA. Both patients were then transported emergent in Medic 7 to the Lowcountry Regional Airport near Walterboro to meet with the Meducare helicopter. The baby was transferred to the Flight Crew and flown to the Shawn Jenkins Children's Trauma Center at MUSC. The father was transported by Medic 7 to the Adult Trauma Center at MUSC. Firefighters at the scene used multiple handlines to extinguish the fire in the mobile home. Water supply was conducted with Tenders. Two vehicles near the residence were also destroyed and a third vehicle was damaged. The residence was destroyed. The origin of the fire appears to have been in the area of a space heater. The home had no working smoke alarms. Residents are reminded that Fire-Rescue installs smoke alarms in homes in the Fire District at no charge. County residents can call Fire-Rescue Headquarters at (843) 539-1960 to set up an appointment to have smoke alarms installed in their home. Family members have set up a GoFundMe account, and if you wish to donate click here.
Engine 18, Engine 23, Tender 3, Tender 7, Tender 15, Tender 18, Tender 23, Medic 7, Medic 13, Medic 18, Medic 26, Battalion 1, Car 105, Car 112, Car 114 and Car 118 responded. Battalion Chief Chris Jones served as Incident Commander.