Lightning blamed for house fire
by The Press and Standard | August 9, 2018 5:00 am
Last Updated: August 8, 2018 at 10:29 am
A lightning strike is blamed for a fire that destroyed a home on Bells Highway the afternoon of Aug. 6.
Colleton County Fire-Rescue units were dispatched to the fire at 11780 Bells Highway at approximately 5 p.m. after a neighbor called in the blaze.
The neighbor reported hearing a nearby lightning strike that shook the ground shortly before the fire was discovered.
Deputy Fire Chief David Greene said firefighters believe a lightning strike to the roof of the doublewide trailer may have started the blaze.
The first fire units on the scene found the residence fully involved in flames. Greene said the area was experiencing a heavy storm when the call came in, and fire units attempting to get to the fire had to deal with a long dirt driveway that had become waterlogged from the rain.
The residents were not at home when the fire erupted.
The flames claimed the lives of two dogs and a cat.
Greene said the fire department contacted the Charleston chapter of the American Red Cross and the organization is providing assistance to the two adults and child who lived in the residence.
The Bells Highway fire was the second house fire Colleton County Fire-Rescue dealt with on Aug. 6.
At 5:58 a.m., an emergency call sent firefighters to a home at 96 Burlington Road.
That mobile home sustained moderate damage in the fire.
The residents were asleep when the fire started. One of the residents was evaluated for possible smoke inhalation but did not require transport to the hospital. A firefighter was sent to Colleton Medical Center for treatment of possible heat exhaustion.
Firefighters were able to rescue a dog from the residence but attempts to resuscitate a cat found inside the home were unsuccessful.