Colleton County Fire-Rescue

4/17/2010

Stations 1, 19, 24, 26 and 27 responded to a house fire at 20 Taylor Street at 1502 Saturday afternoon 17-April. An undetermined person was demolishing an abandoned structure on the property next to this home. They had knocked the building down with a backhoe and were burning the debris in a pit which had been dug on the property. The fire was left unattended and spread through the yard until it reached the house at 20 Taylor Street. Engine 1 arrived within minutes to find the single story dwelling with heavy fire showing from the C and D sides of the structure. The fire had already reached the attic, with flames visible from the eaves and roof. A power line was also down in the yard next door. The arcing line limited access from the C/D corner. Firefighters made entry through the front door as the ceiling in the living room began to fail. Heavy fire conditions were noted in the attic space and in the kitchen at the rear of the building. An 1-3/4 handline was used to knock down the flames. Crews had the fire under control within 12 minutes. A second 1-3/4 handline was stretched next door on the B side of the building to extinguish the demolished structure, the debris pile in the pit and several grass fires that extended into the wooded area surrounding both structures.  Water for the firefighting effort was supplied by Tenders. Coastal Electric responded to secure the downed power line. Units were on the scene for 1-1/2 hours.

Engine 1, Engine 19, Tender 19, Tender 26, Tender 27, Medic 19, Medic 27, Battalion 1 and Car 12 responded. Battalion Chief Dan Barb served as Incident Commander.