Colleton County Fire-Rescue
03/19/2011 – “B” Shift – Structure Fire
Incident # 11-01568 – A Jonesville family lost their home in an early morning fire Saturday 19-March at 05:09. A neighbor alerted 9-1-1 Operators to the fire at 99 Frogtown Lane, reporting fire coming from the roof of the building. Engine 8 arrived to find the doublewide mobile home about 70% involved. The family was on vacation and was not at home at the time of the fire. Engine 8 used the deck gun to knock down the flames, then deployed three handlines to combat the fire. Frogtown Lane is a single lane, dead end dirt road, which presented some logistical problems for firefighters and equipment to reach the scene. Additional apparatus was staged on Lowcountry Highway until needed and firefighters had to walk two blocks to the reach the scene. Engine 6 responded to the boat landing on Public Landing Road about two miles away, to establish a water supply point to refill Tenders. Tenders drove from staging to the scene, one at a time to supply Engine 8 with water. They then had to back out of the road, to allow the next Tender to reach the scene.
Firefighters worked for about 25 minutes to bring the fire under control and were on the scene for 3 hours. The apparent cause of the fire was an extension cord in the master bedroom. The interior of the structure suffered extensive damage. The Charleston Chapter of the American Red Cross is assisting the family.
Engine 6, Engine 8, Tender 1, Tender 6, Tender 8, Tender 27, Medic 1, Medic 6, Battalion 1 and Car 12 responded. Battalion Chief Brent Dalton served as Incident Commander.
Photos by Harold Buzzell