Colleton County Fire-Rescue


  25/December/2022 - Structure Fire with injuries & Air Evac - "C" Shift

Incident # 22-10024 - A 70 yr old woman was burned and her home was severely damaged in a late afternoon structure fire at 1193 Strickland Farm Rd west of the Town of Smoaks on Christmas Day. Firefighters successfully rescued six animals from the burning structure. At 17:59, 9-1-1 Operators received several 9-1-1 hang up calls. They were able to finally get in touch with the caller who advised the home was on fire and she was injured. Engine 7 arrived to find flames coming from the singlewide mobile home with the building interior approximately 50% involved. Firefighter-Paramedics began treating the injured woman and called for a medical helicopter. Other Firefighters deployed multiple handlines to extinguish the fire. Crews entered the burning building to search for the animals and found two dogs, two rabbits, a pig and an equanna alive in the back of the residence. All of the animals were safely rescued. The woman was transported emergent in Fire-Rescue Medic 7 to a field approximately 4 miles from the scene to meet with the CARE Flight helicopter. The patient was transferred to the Flight Crew and flown to the Burn Center at MUSC in Charleston. The interior of the residence suffered heavy damage and most personal belongings were lost. The cause is suspected to have been a space heater which may have set some nearby towels on fire according to the occupant. Fire units were on the scene for close to four hours. The Red Cross is assisting the occupant. 

Photos by Harold Buzzell
  Engine 7, Engine 18, Engine 23, Tender 7, Tender 17, Tender 18, Tender 23, Medic 7, Medic 13, Medic 18, Battalion 1, Car 110, Car 111 and Car 118 responded. Battalion Chief Chris Jones served as Incident Commander.