Colleton County (SC) Firefighter-Paramedics saved a Francis Street home Monday afternoon 23-November. At 12:51, a caller to 9-1-1 reported a fire in the home. The family was able to safely exit the structure prior to the arrival of firefighters.
Engine 19 found moderate smoke conditions on arrival. The Incident Commander had determined the fire was heaviest in an attached utility room at the rear of the single-story, brick veneer dwelling. The fire also appeared to have entered the attic. One crew was directed to attack the utility room, while a second crew was sent inside to battle the fire in the attic. A third crew safely salvaged the family’s Christmas gifts.
The fire appears to have been electrical in nature and destroyed the utility room and contents. Interior crews pulled ceiling in the kitchen and were able to stop the spread of the fire above. Most of the personal belongings inside the home were saved, receiving light smoke damage. Fire units were on the scene for two hours. The Red Cross is assisting the family of five and the Sheriff’s Office assisted at the scene.
Engine 1, Engine 19, Tender 1, Tender 19, Tender 26, Tender 27, Medic 1, Medic 19, Battalion 1, Car 101, Car 112, Car 118, and Car 119 responded. Battalion Chief Chris Jones served as Incident Commander.
Fire Chief Barry W. McRoy, Colleton County Fire-Rescue