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 heavy damage.

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.