Colleton County Fire-Rescue


Stations 1, 5, 7, 19 and 26 responded to a dwelling fire at 686 Misty Ridge Lane at 0539, Thursday 7-May. Responding units encountered a tree across the road which delayed apparatus from reaching the scene. Firefighters used a chain saw to cut up the tree, so they could remove it from the road. Once on scene, they found a large single story residential dwelling about 60% involved. Flames were shooting approximately 20 feet into the air. The occupants had been awakened by smoke alarms and both were able to exit the residence unharmed.

Engine 26 initially used a deck gun on the fire. Other personnel deployed three 1-3/4 hand lines to combat the fire and cool a 500 lb LP gas tank in the back yard. The deck gun knocked down the bulk of the flames in about 10 minutes allowing firefighters to enter the building with the handlines. The entire rear portion of the house, consisting of about five rooms, was completely burned away. The front three rooms were left standing, but the interior was gutted. The family lost all of their belongings and had no insurance. One car in a car port was destroyed and a second vehicle suffered moderate damage.

One firefighter suffered heat exhaustion and was treated at the scene by fellow Firefighter-Paramedics. He was transported by Fire-Rescue Medic 19 to Colleton Medical Center, where he was released later in the afternoon. Fire units were on the scene approximately five hours. Water supply was provided by Tender shuttle.

Engine 5, Engine 26, Tender 1, Tender 5, Tender 7, Tender 19, Tender 26, Battalion 1, Medic 19, Squad 26, Squad 27 and Truck 15 responded. Battalion Chief Richard Sheffield served as Incident Commander.