Home burns at Ritter | News | The Press and Standard

by | January 28, 2016 5:00 am

Last Updated: January 31, 2016 at 9:42 pm

A fire in the middle of last weekend’s cold spell, cost a Ritter family their home.

Members of Colleton County Fire-Rescue were called to the home at 1496 Saxby Hill Road Jan. 23 at 1:28 p.m. and the first fire units on the scene found the doublewide mobile home sustaining heavy fire damage.

When firefighters attacked the flames, they found that a one-room addition at the rear of the residence was ablaze with fire coming from the eaves on one end of the structure.

Fire crews were able to quickly knock down most of the fire in the addition.

A second crew then entered the building through the front door with a hose and contained the remainder of the fire to one end of the mobile home.

Firefighters had the fire under control within 20 minutes, but worked for another 45 minutes extinguishing hot spots and fire extensions in the attic and crawl spaces.

The fire is believed to have originated near a wood-burning stove in the addition, spreading from there into the living space of the mobile home.

Firefighters were able to stop the blaze from reaching the bedrooms on the south side of the building, but the rooms suffered smoke damage. The remainder of the interior also received extensive damage.

To supply water to the firefighters, the department had to set up a water shuttle.

Units were on the scene for four hours.


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