Colleton County Fire-Rescue


Station 19 responded to a reported woods fire behind a structure at 797 Benjamin Drive at 1834, Thursday evening 1-April. On arrival Engine 19 reported a fast moving woods fire with multiple vehicles involved and one exposure threatened. Station 9 was added to the response for Tenders and manpower and tractor from the Forestry Commission was requested. Engine 19 deployed three 1-3/4 handlines and a booster line to combat the fires. Water supply was handled with truck to truck pumping from Tenders. A thick black column of smoke could be seen six miles away in Walterboro. A request for a full structural response was requested at 1857 as the fire advanced on several more vehicles and burned several farm implements and riding mowers. A large flat bed trailer was also damaged.

Firefighters remained on the scene for approximately 2-1/2 hours performing overhaul on 15 burned vehicles and were successful in keeping the fire from reaching a one bay workshop. Several other cars were also saved. The forestry tractor cut a line around the perimeter of the fire, then spread out a large pile of burning lumber to allow firefighters to completely extinguish the wood pile. The

fire had spread from a debris pile near the main residence on the property. No injuries were reported.

Engine 9, Engine 19, Tender 9, Tender 19, Tender 24, Tender 27, Tender 903, Medic 9, Medic 19, Battalion 1 and Truck 12. Chief McRoy served as Incident Commander.