Early morning flames destroy two homes | News | The Press and Standard

by | February 17, 2016 5:00 am

Last Updated: February 17, 2016 at 12:35 pm

Colleton County firefighters spent Tuesday morning on the run, handling two large residential fires in different parts of the county.
The firefighters’ morning began Tuesday at 3 a.m. when wind-whipped flames destroyed a Prices Bridge Road residence.
The county’s dispatch center was notified of the fire, the caller reporting flames coming from the home along Chessey Creek near Neyles Crossroads.
When firefighters arrived at the home in the 5400 block of Prices Bridge Road, they found about 80 percent of the  single-story block building on fire.
A portion of the roof on the 3,500-square-foot residence had already collapsed.
Colleton County Fire-Rescue Chief Barry McRoy said even getting to the fire proved difficult. The home was located near the end of a five-mile long dead-end road.
The fire occurred during a severe thunderstorm with blinding rain and 33 mph winds.
Firefighters initially attempted to use the deck gun to send water into the burning structure, but the strong winds prevented the water from reaching the building.
Firefighter-Paramedics deployed three hand lines to combat the fire as the high winds enabled the flames to quickly consume the remainder of the building.
In the garage, an operational Model T and a Corvette were also destroyed by flames.
It took firefighters approximately 40 minutes to bring the fire under control.
Fire units were on the scene for six hours. Water supply was conducted with a tender shuttle from a dry hydrant at Prices Bridge Landing, approximately two miles from the scene.
The home was ruled a total loss. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
Firefighters were about halfway through their overhaul of the Prices Bridge fire when another alarm came in, sending them to the 100 block of Trackside Drive, south of Lodge, where a singlewide mobile home was burning.
Firefighters arrived at the home Tuesday at 6:13 a.m. to find the mobile home and its addition ablaze.
They also found an adult male resident in need of medical attention. He had sustained multiple lacerations when he broke a window to climb out of the burning structure and was transported to the Emergency Department of Colleton Medical Center for treatment.
Firefighters had to set up a water shuttle to bring water to the fire.
Firefighters suspect the fire started on the home’s porch.
The mobile home was completely destroyed and the addition sustained heavy damage.
Firefighters were at the Lodge home for approximately two-and-one-half hours.

By GEORGE SALSBERRY
gsalsberry@lowcountry.com

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