Colleton County Fire-Rescue


23/January/2016 Structure Fire A Shift

Incident # 16-00431 A Ritter family was displaced following a fire in their home Saturday afternoon 23-January at 13:28. The fire at 1496 Saxby Hill Road caused heavy damage to the doublewide mobile home. Engine 6 arrived minutes after dispatch to find heavy fire conditions in a one room addition at the rear of the residence and fire coming from the eves on one end of the structure. Crews deployed one 1-3/4 handline to the rear of the building and began a defensive attack. They were able to quickly knock down most of the fire in the addition. A second crew then entered the building through the front door with a 1-3/4 handline and contained the remainder of the fire to one end of the mobile home. Firefighters had the fire under control within 20 minutes, but worked for another 45 minutes extinguishing hot spots and extensions into the attic space and crawl space. It is believed the fire originated near a wood burning stove in the addition. It spread from there into the living space of the mobile home. Firefighters were able to stop the blaze from reaching the bedrooms on the south side of the building, but the rooms suffered smoke damage. The remainder of the interior received extensive damage.  Water supply was handled with Tenders. Units were on the scene for four hours.

Engine 6, Engine 22, Tender 1, Tender 2, Tender 6, Tender 12, Tender 22, Tender 25, Tender 2202, Medic 1, Medic 6, Battalion 1 and Car 118 responded. Battalion Chief Dan Barb served as Incident Commander.