Fire-Rescue: Fire in the storm | News | The Press and Standard
by The Press and Standard | September 14, 2017 5:00 pm
Last Updated: September 13, 2017 at 11:28 am
Colleton County Fire-Rescue personnel faced taking on Tropical Storm Irma’s high winds as well as flames in a Sept. 11 fire in Jacksonboro.
The fire call came in at 1:03 p.m. on Sept. 11, when the tropical force winds were at their peak. A neighbor alerted the firefighters, reporting smoke and flames coming from the trailer located at 141 Capital Road.
The first units on the scene reported the singlewide mobile home had moderate smoke coming from the front and eaves of the building with flames visible inside the living room.
A neighbor told firefighters that the female resident might be inside the burning residence. One crew began searching the home while a second crew took on the flames, quickly containing the fire. It was determined the woman had evacuated because of the tropical storm and was staying with relatives.
The fire, which appeared to have started near a power strip, caused heavy damage to the living room.
Colleton County Fire-Rescue Chief Barry McRoy said facing the prospect of calamity from the tropical storm resulted in the Jacksonboro Fire Station being fully manned when the fire call came in.
A number of volunteer firefighters were staying at the fire station in case a call was received. Four full-time firefighters were also in the building, the result of pulling the ambulance out of the Edisto Beach station when the town was evacuated.
McRoy said to prepare for any eventuality that might be caused by the approach of Hurricane Irma, Colleton County Fire-Rescue had all the full-time firefighters working on Monday, many of them assigned to Fire-Rescue’s headquarters on Mable Willis Boulevard.
Last week, when it first appeared that Hurricane Irma would be making landfall in South Carolina, Fire-Rescue implemented its Emergency Operations Center at headquarters to begin preparing.
Once it was determined that Hurricane Irma would be working its way through Georgia and not South Carolina and was downgraded to a tropical storm, many of those firefighters were given the option of heading home. Eleven volunteered to remain on duty.