Second suspicious fire guts residence
by The Press and Standard | August 23, 2018 5:00 pm
Last Updated: August 22, 2018 at 11:32 am
A residence on Enterprise Street that was the target of a suspicious fire in May burned again the afternoon of Aug. 20.
Colleton County Fire-Rescue personnel were dispatched to the vacant home at 315 Enterprise Street at 12:07 p.m.
On May 4, firefighters were dispatched to the residence to extinguish the first fire. The May fire had caused heavy damage to the residence, which was vacant and did not have electrical service.
In Monday’s fire, the first engine arrived to find heavy fire conditions with flames coming from all four sides of the building. Firefighter-paramedics deployed two hand lines to perform an exterior attack on the fire.
Crews spent about 10 minutes knocking down the flames before they could safely enter the building.
Firefighters had the fire under control in about 20 minutes and were on the scene for over two hours. Water tenders provided water supply.
As firefighters were finishing up their work at the fire scene, one of them saw a man running from a neighboring mobile home headed for the woods and reported a possible home break-in to the sheriff’s office.
The trailer was checked and a deputy discovered that a rear window had been broken to enter the residence. The resident was not home so it could not be determined if anything was taken.
Fire-Rescue investigators discovered evidence at the scene that suggested the fire had been intentionally set. Arson investigators from SLED and detectives from the Colleton County Sheriff’s Office were called to the scene.
Anyone with information related to the incident may contact the SLED Arson Hotline (800-922-7766), the Colleton County Sheriff’s Office (843-549-2211) or Fire-Rescue Headquarters (843-539-1960).