Colleton County Fire-Rescue


22/July/2020 – Motorhome Fire – “B” Shift 

Incident # 20-04979 – Four show dogs and a cat perished in a motorhome fire on Interstate 95 at the 68 mile marker northbound Wednesday morning 22-July. At 10:30, 9-1-1 began receiving multiple reports of a motorhome ablaze near the 68 exit ramp. The occupants were enroute to a dog show and were transporting several show dogs in the vehicle. They were able to save eight of the animals, before conditions prohibited them from reentering the burning vehicle. The driver advised they began experiencing mechanical problems and pulled to the shoulder of the roadway. They noticed flames coming from under the motorhome near the rear wheels. They had very little time to rescue the canines before the fire engulfed the vehicle. Engine 17 arrived to find the large vehicle full involved. Firefighter-Paramedics deployed multiple handlines to extinguish the fire. I-95 northbound was shut down completely for 30 minutes causing traffic to back up 8 miles. It was reopened to one lane at approximately 11:00. Firefighters located two of the dogs and buried them for the owner.

Engine 1, Engine 17, Tender 5, Tender 26, Tender 90, Medic 7, Medic 26, Battalion 1 and Car 118 responded. Firefighter-Paramedic Brandon Broach served as Incident Commander.