Firemen battle two Smoaks fires | News | The Press and Standard
by The Press and Standard | October 20, 2016 5:00 am
Last Updated: October 19, 2016 at 11:19 am
Colleton County firefighters ended up working two structure fires in the Smoaks area the evening of Oct. 15 and the early morning hours of Oct. 16.
The first fire occurred at 2381 Drain Road on Oct. 15 at approximately 11:50 p.m.
A motorist called emergency dispatch sending crews to the Johnsville area, north of Smoaks.
The first fire units on the scene found a single-story block structure engulfed in flames, leading firefighters to suspect that the fire had been burning for some time before it was found.
The roof had already collapsed and most of the floor was already burned away.
The first units on the scene began battling the flames and a second alarm was quickly issued to bring more water tenders and personnel to the scene. A water shuttle was used to bring water to the blaze.
Neighbors reported no one was at home when the fire started.
Firefighters found the block building had been constructed around a single-wide mobile home sometime in the past. This meant crews had to contended with multiple walls and roof structures while extinguishing the fire. Units were on the scene for six hours. The cause of the fire is under investigation. No injuries were reported.
As firefighters were dealing with the Drain Road blaze, emergency dispatch fielded another call, reporting a fire at the migrant camp at 906 Sunrise Road on Sunday at 2:17 a.m.
Dispatchers faced some difficulty in conversing with the Spanish-speaking male reporting that the former Smoaks school was on fire.
Firefighters working one of the water tenders had just refilled the tanker in Smoaks and were passing by the building when the fire was reported, so two of the water tenders went to the location and found a wooden covered walkway and the front of a mobile building ablaze.
They were able to quickly extinguish the fire, which appears to have started on a sofa on the walkway.
No one at the location could provide any information about the incident. After about 30 minutes handling that blaze, the firefighters went back to shuttling water to Drain Road.