Fire consumes Edisto Beach home during storm | News | The Press and Standard
by The Press and Standard | September 13, 2017 5:00 pm
Last Updated: September 13, 2017 at 11:25 am
Fire struck a vacation home on Edisto Beach at the worst possible time.
It was Sept. 11 at 11:53 p.m. when the alarm sounded, reporting the fire at 498 Lost Village Trail in the Jeremy Cay area of the beach.
The call came in when a motorist on the highway spotted a glow — a glow made more visible because Tropical Storm Irma had knocked out electrical service to the community earlier in the day.
When Edisto Beach Fire Chief Denney Conlin arrived at the fire, the large vacation home was engulfed in flames.
It had managed to burn unnoticed for some time, Conlin said, because all the other residents of the Jeremy Cay area, like most of the beach’s residents, had evacuated the beach community while Irma was still a hurricane.
Conlin said a mutual aid call was put out to the nearby St. Paul’s Fire Department. At the height of the firefighting effort, 12 pieces of fire equipment were at the scene and approximately 30 firefighters were working the blaze.
The fire, he added, ignited a large propane tank at the residence, which took a while to extinguish, and the flames from the house fire threatened to ignite trees on the large, heavily wooded lot.