Flames destroy plantation home
by The Press and Standard | September 6, 2018 9:40 am
Last Updated: September 6, 2018 at 9:47 am
Photos by CALVERT HUFFINES
A massive Green Pond area residence burned to the ground over night.
Colleton County Fire-Rescue personnel were called to Myrtle Grove Plantation at 6938 White Hall Road on Thursday at approximately 6:30 p.m.
Colleton County Fire-Rescue responding to the fire call faced difficulty in getting to the 27,000-square-foot residence.
Limbs from the trees bordering the approximately one-and-a-half-mile long driveway hung so low in some places that they were scraping the roof of a Fire-Rescue pickup truck.
Getting fire apparatus to the fire scene was impossible until the low-hanging limbs could be cut away with chain saws.
The fire reportedly began in the home’s basement when an air conditioning unit in the basement caught fire.
The flames had entered the first floor when firefighters arrived and attempts to enter the residence were unsuccessful. McRoy said heat from the fire could be felt through the soles of the firefighter’s boots as they approached the front door.
The flames climbed into the second floor of the wood, steel and brick veneer building and then came through the roof of the home that was constructed approximately a decade ago.
McRoy said multiple alarms bought approximately 60 county firefighters to the residence. A mutual aid call to the Sheldon Fire Department in neighboring Beaufort County brought more equipment and approximately 12 firefighters to the scene.
McRoy said the residents were able to escape the home unharmed.
One firefighter sustained injuries when he fell outside the residence, shattering the glass top of a table on the lawn. He was transported to the Emergency Department of Colleton Medical Center for treatment of multiple lacerations.
The last of the firefighters left the fire scene today at approximately 8 a.m.