Fire damages Live Oak residence | News | The Press and Standard
by The Press and Standard | October 20, 2016 5:00 am
Last Updated: October 19, 2016 at 11:09 am
The crackling noise from the fire attacking their home early on the morning of Oct. 17 woke the three adult residents of a Live Oak Street home and allowed them to safely escape the flames.
Colleton County Fire-Rescue personnel were sent to the home in the Hampton Drive Subdivision Oct. 17 at 2:38 a.m. after the family left their residence and went to a neighbor’s home to ask for help.
The first fire units on the scene found flames pouring out of the single-story dwelling.
The home was located well off the roadway, forcing the first fire engine on scene to back down the long driveway. A supply line was stretched to the road so tenders could supply water.
Firefighters deployed a “blitzfire” device, a portable unmanned water cannon, at the rear of the residence to pour a steady stream of water on the flames.
A second alarm was issued shortly after arrival to bring additional tenders and personnel to the fire. A water shuttle was established to bring water to the scene from a pressurized hydrant located four blocks away.
Crews had the bulk of the fire knocked down within 30 minutes, but were on the scene for five hours.
The rear of the building was destroyed, and most of the interior was gutted. Most personal items were lost.
The home was originally a singlewide mobile home that had been doubled in size and had a roof installed over the original building. This hampered efforts to extinguish the fire due to the multiple walls, ceilings and double roof.
The fire appears to have started in the area of the kitchen in the original structure, then spread to the attic space and into the newer addition.
The Red Cross is assisting the family. The cause of the fire is under investigation.