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A Walterboro man narrowly escaped a house fire Friday morning 11-April.

At 06:12, 9-1-1 received several reports of a well-involved fire at a residence located at 410 Country Lane. Colleton County (SC) Engine 26 arrived to find a singlewide mobile home with an addition and attached garage approximately 60% involved. The only occupant was in the roadway with only the clothes on his back. When he discovered the fire, he was able to quickly exit the home through the garage.

mobile home engulfed in flames

Barry McRoy photo

mobile home engulfed in flames

Barry McRoy photo

Firefighters deployed two 1-3/4 handlines to combat the flames. Fire had consumed most of the interior leaving only the walls on one end of the mobile home. The roof on the opposite end had already collapsed. Crews were able to make entry through the garage and stop the fire before it reached the garage area. The remainder of the house suffered heavy damage. A pickup truck in the back yard also suffered damage.

fireman silhouetted by fire

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hoarder conditions in mobile home fire

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Firefighters had the fire under control within 30 minutes, but were on the scene for over three hours. The fire appears to have started in the area of the kitchen, but is still under investigation. Water supply was conducted with tenders.

hoarder conditions in mobile home fire

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Engine 1, Engine 26, Tender 1, Tender 19, Tender 26, Tender 27, Medic 1, Medic 26, Battalion 1, and Car 12 responded. Battalion Chief Brent Dalton served as Incident Commander.

Barry W. McRoy

Fire Chief, Colleton County Fire-Rescue

 

Colleton County Fire Chief Barry McRoy submitted the following images and account of a fire that occurred August 21, 2013.

 

Colleton County Fire-Rescue

Barry McRoy, Fire Chief, Colleton County Fire-Rescue photo

An early morning structure fire heavily damaged a home located at 1826 Wichman Street in Colleton County South Carolina. The fire was reported at 03:02, Wednesday morning 21-August. Firefighters arrived to find the single story, wooden residential dwelling heavily involved. Engine 19 used it’s deck gun to knock down the flames, until crews deployed two 1-3/4 handlines to the building.

Colleton County Fire-Rescue

Barry McRoy, Fire Chief, Colleton County Fire-Rescue photo

The home contained an immense fire load, with clothing and miscellaneous articles stacked five feet high in all rooms. A neighbor reported that an elderly woman was inside the structure. Firefighters had difficulty entering the building due to the large piles of clothing, books, and other items. The heaviest fire was knocked down within ten minutes, but crews worked another 25 minutes attempting to gain access to the interior. A tender shuttle was used for water supply.

Colleton County Fire-Rescue

Barry McRoy, Fire Chief, Colleton County Fire-Rescue photo

All windows and the rear door were blocked. Firefighters used a circular saw to cut away the entire “B” side of the residence and removed the wooden and vinyl siding to gain access to the interior. Firefighters spent three hours tunneling though and removing debris searching for the woman.

Colleton County Fire-Rescue

Barry McRoy, Fire Chief, Colleton County Fire-Rescue photo

Sheriff’s Deputies were successful in finding her at a friend’s home several miles from the incident location around dawn. She was safe and did not know of the fire. Crews continued to soak the contents of the home to extinguish the huge piles of clothing and other combustibles. Fire and Law Enforcement units remained on the scene for four and half hours. Investigators believe the fire was caused by an electrical problem in an outlet on an interior wall.

Barry W. McRoy

Fire Chief, Colleton County Fire-Rescue

 

Colleton County Fire-Rescue

Barry McRoy, Fire Chief, Colleton County Fire-Rescue photo