Colleton County Fire-Rescue
Stations 1, 6, 8, 12, 22 and
25 responded to a dwelling fire 4930 Ritter Road at 0248, Monday
20-April. Engine 6 arrived to find the doublewide mobile home
approximately 50% involved. The mobile home had several additions,
including a car port, utility room, enclosed rear recreation room and
large work shop. Engine 6 used a deck gun to knock down the heavy fire
conditions. Tender 6 supplied the initial water supply. Firefighters
used three 1-3/4 hand lines to stop the spread of the fire, which gutted
2/3s of the residence. Two rooms, that had the doors closed, the game
room and work shop were saved. The remainder of the residence suffered
The occupants were alerted to
the fire by smoke alarms in the home. Everyone was able to exit safely.
Firefighters spent 3-1/2 hours at the scene. The cause appears to have
been electrical in nature and started in the area of the circuit breaker
panel. The homeowner stated he heard popping noises from the electrical
panel earlier in the day.
Engine 6, Engine 8, Tender 1, Tender 6, Tender 12, Tender 22, Tender 27, Medic 6, Battalion 1 responded. Battalion Chief Richard Sheffield served as Incident Commander.