Colleton County Fire-Rescue

September 2018

29/September/2018 – Fatal MVC – “C” Shift

A 56 year old Walterboro man was killed in a single vehicle MVC in the 1200 block on Academy Road west of Winchester Drive Saturday evening 29-September. The accident was reported at 22:09 after a passerby noticed a headlight on near the woods. The man found an overturned pickup truck in the driveway to the Palmetto Hut. As he searched the scene, he located an adult male’s body in the woods approximately 50 feet from the truck. The accident evidently occurred earlier in the evening but was not found on the dead end road until after 10PM. Click here for more information.

29/September/2018 – Shooting Incident – “C” Shift

A 17 year old male was critically injured in an accidental shooting incident at a residence in the 3300 block of Hudson Mill Road. The patient told Firefighter-Paramedics he was cleaning a rifle when it fell and discharged. The round struck the teenager in the chest. Crews quickly treated him at the scene. No medical helicopters could fly because of poor weather conditions. Due to his critical state, he was rapidly transported to Colleton Medical Center to be stabilized. Click here for more information.

29/September/2018 – Fatal MVC – “B” Shift

A 25 yr old Walterboro man died in a single car MVC on Mt. Carmel Road at Can City Road Saturday morning 29-September. The accident was reported to 9-1-1 at 07:26 and Fire-Rescue units arrived minutes later to find the driver with no signs of life. The vehicle had been traveling north on Mt. Carmel Road when it failed to negotiate a curve. The Lexus sedan struck the embankment and landed in a field. Click here for more information.

26/September/2019 – Structure Fire – “C” Shift

Engine 19 was sent to a hay fire in the 700 block of Benjamin Drive at 16:04 Wednesday afternoon 26-September. On arrival, crews found an approximately 50x40 barn containing 300 round bales of hay stacked approx. 16 feet high, fully involved. The contents of the barn was also on fire. A structural assignment was added to the response. The barn was well off of the roadway. A second barn was located about 20 feet away and was endangered. Click here for more information.

25/September/2018 – MVC with Ejection – “A” Shift

A 34 year old Bamberg man was seriously injured when his pickup truck left the roadway and overturned Tuesday morning 25-September at 07:42. The accident occurred in the 9800 block of Augusta Hwy, east of Powder Horn Road. The east bound pickup truck left the roadway on the west bound side of the road, over corrected and overturned in the woods. The driver was thrown approximately 40 feet into the woods. A witness stopped and rendered aid. Click here for more information.

24/September/2018 – Structure Fire – “A” Shift

A cable installation crew working in the 12100 block of Augusta Hwy (SC Hwy 61) noticed smoke and flames coming from a residence at 12172 Augusta Hwy at 09:14 Monday morning 24-September. Engine 5 arrived minutes later to find flames coming from a window of the single story block dwelling. Heavy smoke condition were noted from all sides of the building. Firefighter-Paramedics deployed multiple handlines to the building forcing entry through the front door. They quickly knocked down the fire and contained it to three rooms, saving the home and most of the belongings. Click here for more information.

24/September/2018 – Hurricane Florence Recovery Effort

Fire-Rescue has deployed assets to assist in the Hurricane Florence recovery efforts in Horry and Georgetown Counties. An ALS Medic unit was moved to Horry County Fire Station 43 on Monday 17-September. The crew was swapped out on Friday morning 21-September. Flooding has blocked access to many areas of Horry County and the Colleton Ambulance was one of ten additional ambulances other SC counties sent to the area to assist with 9-1-1 responses. Tenders 4, 32 and 36 were deployed to assist the City of North Myrtle Beach. With the heavy flooding, water system problems are expected and Tenders would be required for suppression efforts. Click here for more information.

20/September/2018 – Fatal MVC with entrapment & Air Evac – “C” Shift

A tragic high speed multi-vehicle collision in the 6300 block of Sniders Hwy (SC Hwy 63) east of Brick Road, resulted in the deaths of two people and critically injured two Hampton County women. The accident was reported at 11:52, Thursday morning 20-September. Fire-Rescue units arrived six minutes later and could see a large column of black smoke from five miles away. Arriving units found a well involved tractor trailer off in the woods, a Toyota Avalon with heavy damage in the woods near the rear of the tractor trailer and a small crossover type vehicle about 75 feet west which as also on fire. Click here for more information.

20/September/2018 – MVC with Ejection – “B” Shift

A 29 year old Ridgeway SC woman was critically injured in a single car collision in the 200 block of Bells Hwy at Eddie Chasteen Drive Thursday morning 20-September at 00:53. The eastbound SUV failed to negotiate a curve, left the roadway and struck a utility pole before overturning in the roadway blocking both eastbound lanes of Bells Hwy. Firefighter-Paramedics found the woman unconscious lying in the roadway approximately ten feet from the automobile. Click here for more information.

We congratulate Fire-Rescue’s Administrative Manager Melody Ellis and Captain Blaine Harrison on becoming grandparents. Their daughter, Emily, gave birth to a 5 pound, 15 ounce girl at Colleton Medical Center. Stella is 14 inches long. Both Emily and Stella are doing fine.  

15/Sept/2018 – MVCs – “A” Shift

Two people were injured, one critically, in separate MVCs Saturday evening 15-September. The first occurred on Jacksonboro Road near Parkers Ferry Road at 21:24 when a small car left the roadway and appeared to have overturned. The 33 year old female driver was ejected from the car and found approximately 20 feet from the automobile. She suffered multiple traumatic injuries. Firefighter-Paramedics found the vehicle with heavy damage in a wooded area near a bridge. Click here for more information.

07/Sept – 15/Sept/2018 – EOC-Evacuation Shelter Operations

As Hurricane Florence approached the SC Coast, early forecasts predicted the storm making landfall on the Charleston, Colleton and/or Beaufort County coastlines. The Colleton Emergency Operations Center was opened Friday 07-Sept with minimal staffing and went to full staffing Sunday 09-September with two separate Incident Management teams working 12 hour shifts. Governor McMaster ordered an evacuation of the coast as the State Government prepared for a statewide event. The new shelter location at Colleton County High School was opened Monday to accept evacuees. Click here for more information.

09/Sept/2018 – MVC with Air Evac – “C” Shift

Two men were injured, one critically, in a single vehicle roll-over accident in the 600 block of Langdale Road that occurred Sunday morning 09-September at 00:57. The car was traveling at a high rate of speed and attempting to elude Law Enforcement when it went off the road several times and overturned. One person was initially trapped in the wreckage, but Firefighter-Paramedics were able to extricate him without the use of power tools. Two Fire-Rescue Ambulances responded to the scene. Click here for more information.

08/September/2018 – Kitchen Fire – “C” Shift

A fire on the stove damaged the kitchen in a small apartment at 4605 Jefferies Hwy Saturday night 08-September. At 22:09, 9-1-1 Operators received a report of smoke in an apartment at this location. A few minutes later, a second caller reported smoke in a different apartment. Engine 19 arrived minutes later and found light smoke coming from the one story building that was once a roadside motel. Crews identified the apartment containing the smoke and forced entry through the front door. Click here for more information.

9/15/2018- Pursuant to Governor McMaster’s announcement to lift the evacuation order for Edisto Beach/Island at 12:00 PM today, the shelter at Colleton County High School will close at 6:00 PM today.  The curfew for Edisto Beach/Island is no longer in effect.  Click here for more information.
9/14/2018- There is no curfew in Colleton County other than for Edisto Beach/Island, which is between 8 pm and 6 am.  Again, there is no curfew for mainland Colleton County.
9/12/2018- Colleton County Fire-Rescue and Sheriff's Office officials will be going door-to-door in Zone A tomorrow urging citizens to evacuate.  Click here for more information.
9/12/2018- Governor McMaster has not issued evacuation orders for any additional Colleton County residents.  Edisto Island continues to be under the Governor's Evacuation order.  The evacuation shelter is open at Colleton County High School (150 Cougar Nation Drive, Walterboro).  Sandbags are available at Fire-Rescue Headquarters between 8:00 AM and 5:00 PM tomorrow (9/13).  Colleton County landfill and convenience sites are closed and Walterboro trash pickup will stop after 7:00 PM today (9/12).  Colleton County's Emergency Operations Center continues to operate at OpCon 1.  Fire-Rescue, Sheriff's Office and Police/Fire officials remain poised to execute any additional evacuation orders and will monitor the storm's path and intensity.
9/11/2018- Governor McMaster has rescinded the evacuation order for Colleton County Zones A and B.  However, Edisto Beach (including the unincorporated areas of Colleton County on Edisto Island) are still under an evacuation order.  The Evacuation Shelter at Colleton County High School (150 Cougar Nation Drive, Walterboro) opened at 12:00 today.  Colleton County public schools will remain closed for the remainder of the week.  SC DHEC is not planning on opening the Special Medical Needs shelter in Colleton County.
9/10/2018 - Governor McMaster has ordered an evacuation of Colleton County evacuation zones beginning 9/11/2018 at 12:00.  The Colleton County shelter is at 150 Cougar Nation Drive, Walterboro, SC.  Click here for more information.
9/8/2018 - Click here to view more information about Hurricane Florence.
9/7/2018- Given the track of Hurricane Florence, Colleton County Fire-Rescue's Emergency Management Division has moved to Operational Condition 4.  This allows for various emergency management preparations to begin in anticipation of a hurricane impact.  At this time, Colleton County citizens should review their hurricane preparation and evacuation plans.  You can find out if you live in an evacuation zone by visiting .  Continue to monitor local media, news outlets, and the national weather service.

07/September/2018 – Structure Fire – “A” Shift

Firefighters saved a home at 121 Parkwood Circle Friday morning 07-September at 03:08. The homeowner arrived home to find what she described as fog in the neighborhood. When she exited her vehicle, she realized it was actually smoke and was coming from her house. She called 9-1-1 and opened the rear door in an effort to allow her cats to escape, but she was driven away due to the intense heat and smoke. Engine 26 arrived about 5 minutes later to find flames coming from the front and rear doors of the one story brick veneer dwelling. Click here for more information.

06/September/2018 – MVC with entrapment – “A” Shift

A two car high speed MVC in the 16000 block of ACE Basin Parkway (US Hwy 17) sent two men to a Trauma Center Thursday afternoon 06-July. According to witnesses, just before 17:26,  a northbound Chevrolet Malibu crossed the center line and struck a southbound Jeep head-on. Both vehicles received heavy damage and the driver of the Malibu was trapped in the wreckage. Firefighters at Station #2 located ½ a block from the scene, heard the collision and responded immediately arriving about 1 minute later. Click here for more information.

06/September/2018 – Car vs Bike MVC – “A” Shift

A adult male riding a bicycle was critically injured after he was struck from behind in the 2800 block of Cottageville Highway (US Hwy 17-A) north of Walterboro. The man was traveling south when he was struck. The impact threw the man over the car and he landed in the roadway, suffering multiple traumatic injuries. An off-duty EMT and Nurse assisted the man prior to Fire-Rescue units arriving at the scene. Click here for more information.

05/September/2018 – Three Alarm Structure Fire – “C” Shift 

A 28,000 sq. ft. home at Myrtle Grove Plantation was destroyed in an evening fire Wednesday 05-September. At 18:29, 9-1-1 dispatchers received a report from an occupant at the residence at 6938 White Hall Road advising that an A/C unit in the basement was on fire. The caller advised everyone was safely out of the building. The large home, which was constructed about ten years ago, is located at the end of a single lane, 1-1/2 mile long dirt road overlooking the Combahee River. Engine 6 and Car 107 were the first units to arrive and found that fire apparatus could not travel the road due to low hanging trees. Click here for more information.

03/September-2018 – Structure Fire – “C” Shift

An early morning fire destroyed a home at 5563 Featherbed Road Monday morning 03-September at 06:46. A passerby notified 9-1-1 the house was on fire and the roof was burned away. Engine 19 arrived minutes later to find the single story block structure fully involved. Approximately 1/3 of the roof was burned away and fire was coming from all windows and doors. No one was at home when the fire occurred and the occupants were in the process of moving out of the residence. Click here for more information.

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