Colleton County Fire-Rescue


02/April/2013 – Structure Fire – “C” Shift

Incident # 13-01724 – A morning fire at 1133 Ulmer Lake Road heavily damaged a residential dwelling. At 05:57 Tuesday 02-April, 9-1-1 Operators received reports of fire coming from the roof of the home at this address. Engine 1 arrived several minutes later and positioned east of the building. They found the doublewide mobile home approximately 25% involved, with fire venting from windows on the “AB” “BC” ends of the building. Heavy black smoke was coming from the center portion of the home. Firefighters deployed an 1-3/4 handline to the front door and began to make entry, when the power line servicing the home fell across the hose. Crews abandoned the line. Another crew used a second 1-3/4 line on the “B” side of the building to mount an exterior attack and was able to knock down a great deal of the fire inside from a position at the rear of the home. Engine 26 arrived a short time later, deploying two 1-3/4 handlines from the west side of the structure, so firefighters could make entry through the front door.The fire was under control within 20 minutes, but fire crews were on the scene for 2-1/2 hours performing overhaul. 

About half of the structure was saved, but most of the dwelling suffered heat and smoke damage. Water supply was conducted with Tenders. The cause appears to have been electrical in nature, starting the master bedroom. The occupants were out of town when the fire occurred. 

Engine 1, Engine 26, Tender 1, Tender 4, Tender 8, Tender 27, Medic 1, Battalion 1, Car 12 and Car 111 responded. Second Lieutenant (Acting Battalion Chief) Chris Jones served as Incident Commander.

Photos by Harold Buzzell