Fire damages Green Pond Highway apartments | News | The Press and Standard

by | May 17, 2017 5:00 pm

Last Updated: May 17, 2017 at 12:36 pm

Three families were forced out of their Green Pond Highway apartments when fire struck the afternoon of May 10.

Colleton County Fire-Rescue was sent to the structure containing four apartments at 2275 Green Pond Highway May 10 at 2:48 p.m.

The caller reported flames coming from the roof of the two-story building. The first fire unit on the scene found heavy smoke conditions and flames visible from the rear of the building and the roof.

All the occupants had already safely exited the building.

Firefighters deployed three hand lines and entered the front doors of the two second-floor apartments, encountering heavy fire conditions.

A tender shuttle was established to bring water to the fire scene with members of the Colleton County Sheriff’s Office, rerouting traffic on Green Pond Highway for several hours.

The fire, believed to be caused by an electrical problem, appeared to have started on the second-story back porch and spread into the common attic. Heavy fire conditions were found in the attic and one upper apartment near where the fire started.

Fire damage was contained to the attic and one second-story apartment. The occupants of that apartment lost all of their belongings. The other second-story apartment was vacant.

The lower apartments suffered smoke and water damage, but most personal items were saved.

Crews worked for about 20 minutes to bring the fire under control, but were on the scene for four hours performing overhaul.

The Red Cross is assisting the three families who were forced out of their apartments.

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