Colleton County Fire-Rescue


01/December/2014 Structure Fire C Shift

Incident # 14-07027 A home and detached garage at 505 Meeting House Lane were destroyed in an afternoon fire Monday 01-December. At 12:53, Fire-Rescue was notified of a possible electrical fire at this location. Engine 36 arrived 9 minutes later to find the one story wood frame dwelling and a detached garage well involved. Firefighters deployed one 2-1/2 handline and two 1-3/4 handlines to combat the fire. The home contained a large fire load contributing to the intense flames. The fire also spread across the yard approximately 50 feet to a two story barn, but firefighters were able to stop the flames before they damaged the barn. The home was located near the end of Meeting house Lane on a private section along the Edisto River. The narrow overgrown road presented access problem for Fire Apparatus. Engine 36 made a 550 feet lay of 3 inch line from the intersection of Pocket Lane down to the residence. Engine 9 connected to the line and supplied Engine 36 from water trucked in on Tenders. The home and garage were a complete loss. A van near the house was also damaged.

The homeowner noted that she was operating a pottery kiln at the rear of the residence. A short time later she heard crackling noises and found the rear of the home on fire. The flames quickly spread throughout the residence and to the detached garage. Firefighters were on the scene for four and half hours. The Charleston Chapter of the American Red Cross is assisting the woman.

Engine 9, Engine 36, Tender 5, Tender 9, Tender 11, Tender 19, Tender 27, Tender 32, Medic 9, Battalion 1, Car 12 and Car 118 responded. Battalion Chief Ben Heape served as Incident Commander.

Photos by Harold Buzzell