A 28,000 sq. ft. home at Myrtle Grove Plantation was destroyed in an evening fire Wednesday 05-September in rural Colleton County (SC). At 18:29, 9-1-1 dispatchers received a report from an occupant at the residence located at 6938 White Hall Road advising that an A/C unit in the basement was on fire. The caller noted 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. Firefighters used chain saws to cut the tree limbs as they traveled down the small road trying to reach the fire. Crews had to stop five times to cut away the low hanging tree limbs before they could reach the scene. This delayed units reaching the fire and aerial apparatus could not access the scene.
After arriving at the end of the road, a large oak tree blocked access to the home. The residence is located in a non-hydranted area. Engine 2 established a water supply point at a large pond on the property and drafted water from the pond to refill tenders. Once on scene, firefighter-paramedics found heavy black smoke coming from the interior of the building. Flames were visible on the first and second floors at the rear of the structure. Firefighters deployed multiple handlines to the main building. Due the access problems, crews extended 3-inch lines to the building, gating them off to 1-3/4” lines and 2-1/2” lines to attack the fire. Firefighters protected exposures on one of the wings.
A second alarm was issued shortly after arrival. The fire quickly spread through the structure and interior conditions deteriorated forcing a defensive attack on the fire. The basement extended under the entire building, allowing the fire to reach all areas under the residence which was inaccessible to firefighters. Ground master stream devices were set up in the front lawn. A third alarm was requested about thirty minutes later and mutual-aid for personnel was requested from nearby Sheldon Fire Dept. in Beaufort County. Additional off-duty personnel were also recalled. Two water shuttle operations were established with tenders supplying Engine 6 near the residence and Engine 25 to the east of the home.
As news of the fire reached the public, onlookers came to the scene, blocking the only single lane access road. Several people walked ½ a mile to view the fire leaving their vehicles on the causeway near the water supply point. This prevented all additional responding fire apparatus from reaching the scene. Incoming firefighters then had to walk the same ½ mile to begin to assist at the scene. It took over thirty minutes to locate the drivers to have the vehicles moved. Sheriff’s deputies eventually blocked the entrance to the plantation, allowing only fire units access to the property. The fire eventually destroyed the entire structure. Firefighters worked through the night and early morning to extinguish the large fire. Fire crews were at the scene for 13 hours. One firefighter was injured and transported to Colleton Medical Center for treatment. He was released early Thursday morning and should be able to return to duty within a week.
Engine 1, Engine 2, Engine 6, Engine 13, Engine 19, Engine 25, Tender 1, Tender 2, Tender 6, Tender 8, Tender 9, Tender 12, Tender 13, Tender 19, Tender 21, Tender 25, Tender 26, Tender 27, Tender 32, Medic 1, Medic 6, Medic 9, Medic 13, Medic 19, Battalion 1, Car 107, Car 112, Car 118 and Fleet 2 responded. Asst. Chief Marty Stallings, Battalion Chief Scott O’Quinn and Firefighter-EMT Shane Weber operated the Command Post. Captain Michael Banks coordinated water supply.
Barry W. McRoy, Fire Chief, Colleton County Fire-Rescue
Kitchener (ON) fire dispatch toned out Conestogo, Maryhill, Breslau, and St Jacobs for a fully-involved trailer fire on Katherine Street North at Line 86 August 10, 2018 at 14:00. The trailer was loaded with 20 bales of straw. Conestogo arrived on scene first reporting a fully-involved trailer, no exposure issues, and were setting up on the south side of the fire. Command advised Maryhill to respond with their pumper and tanker and set up on the north side of the fire off Line 86.
Numerous small and large hand lines were pulled from both pumpers. Water was shuttled from a cistern and then the dam in Winterbourne for the Conestogo pumper approximately 1.5 miles south of the scene. Water for Maryhill’s pumper was shuttled from a cistern two miles east of the fire. Center Wellington fire, Elora station arrived at the fire with a pumper and tanker having been dispatched by Guelph fire for smoke in the area. The border between Wellington and Waterloo County is approximately 1.5 miles from the fire. Elora firefighters checked with command to see if they would like their assistance. Due to the hot day command asked them to stay and help knock the fire down. They helped with water supply and firefighters went on air to relieve Woolwich crews.
Command requested Elmira fire respond with manpower and their tanker. The fire was knocked down in 40 minutes but overhaul lasted two hours as tractors had to pull the straw from the trailer, soak it down, then load in trailers to be driven to a nearby farm to be composted. This was the first fire for Conestogo’s pumper tanker that had just gone into service the week before. Box 690 provided rehab serving 135 cold drinks and 105 snack items. Photos and video taken 25 minutes into the call.
08/15/18 New Haven, CT – A mechanic working on a garbage truck ignited a fire involving the truck in a repair bay. The mechanic was injured with non life threatening injuries. The building was the repair shop for All American Waste. Firefighters were able to keep the fire contained to the truck. Three hand lines were stretched and operated to keep the fire in check. Firefighters had to work quick because the truck was CNG fueled. The fire was brought under control within a half hour.
07/30/18 Waterbury, CT – A long vacant mill building went up in flames in the city of Waterbury. The 1st call was received just before one o’clock. Companies reported that a large volume of fire could be seen while responding. Upon arrival, they had a four-story, mill building fully involved. Companies were hampered by difficult access to the building, including a natural gas plant as an exposure. Four ladder pipes and several multi-versals were used to darken down the heavy volume of fire after a two and a half hour firefight. Companies were expected to maintain a fire watch until the building is demolished. The cause of the fire is suspicious.
Stratford 10 Research Dr. commercial building fire
07/09/18 Stratford, CT – Firefighters were called to Soundsphere around six thirty in the morning for a commercial building fire. Multiple calls were received and firefighters could see it as they were turning out. They arrived to find a one-story, fire resistive building fully involved. Companies went to work defensively with master streams. Multiple collapses occurred throughout the building. The fire was brought under control in and hour and a half. An employee of the company on scene stated that he had mixed chemicals for the day’s job order. He left the area and was alerted by a passing ambulance crew of fire through the roof. No other employees were in the building. It is a total loss.
Truro Township (OH) firefighters, with mutual aid from numerous other companies, battled a 3-Alarm blaze in a Reynoldsburg hotel 8/9/18. First due Truro Township companies (Department 160) reported heavy fire out the front of the building, and Battalion 161 immediately requested the second alarm. The fire, thought to have originated in the attic, ultimately gutted the entrance and lobby of the two-story structure, though firefighters were able to prevent it from spreading to most of the guest rooms. Mutual aid companies from Columbus, Mifflin Township (130), Jefferson Township (140), Whitehall (150), Hamilton Township (180), West Licking Joint Fire District (401), and Violet Township (590), along with Box 15, Reynoldsburg police, and Columbus police all assisted. One firefighter was treated and released on scene, and one person was transported for unrelated medical issues.
The Roberts Park Fire Protection District had an apartment fire Saturday afternoon 8/4/18 at 8453 S. 88th Avenue in Justice, IL. Most of the firefighting was over so here are some images of rig placement at the incident. The alarm went to a 4-11 with an EMS Plan I and an appearance of the Chicago Fire Department’s Engine 64, Truck 31, Ambulance 77, and Battalion 15. Eric Haak