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
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
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.