Colleton County Fire-Rescue
27/December/2013 – Structure Fire – “B” Shift
Incident # 13-07027 – A Poplar Street home was
destroyed in an early morning fire Friday 27-December. At 02:55,
Fire-Rescue was notified of the house with flames coming out of the
windows. Engine 19 arrived minutes later to find the single story wood
frame residential dwelling fully involved, with flames 40 feet in the
air. An unattached, two story garage behind the home was threatened.
Firefighters deployed two 1-3/4 handlines and one 2-1/2 handline to
combat the fire. Engine 19 attempted to use a deck gun, but was not
effective reaching the building due to trees in the yard. A second alarm
was issued 20 minutes into the incident for additional personnel and
Tenders. The roof over the center of the structure collapsed shortly
after arrival. Water supply was conducted with a Tender Shuttle. It took
Firefighters about 30 minutes to bring the fire under control. The home
was a rental property and was not occupied, however it did have power
connected. The building was heavily damaged and nearly completely
destroyed. The separate garage was not damaged.
While crews were finishing overhaul operations, a second well involved structure fire one block from this residence was reported. Tender 26 was able to be freed up from scene, initially responded and began firefighting efforts until Engine 26 could arrive at the scene.
Due to the close proximity and the suspicious nature of the fires, the Sheriff’s Office and SLED Arson Unit were contacted to assist with the investigation. Anyone with information regarding the fire are encouraged to contact the Sheriff’s Office at 843-549-2211 or the Arson Hotline at 800-922-7766 / (800) 92ARSON.
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