Dog in Stable Condition after Hickory Hill Fire


A Hickory Hill Road residence was heavily damaged in an afternoon fire that occurred about 5 miles south of the Green Pond Community. Neighbors saw flames on the front porch and called 911 Wednesday afternoon Aril 10th. Fire-Rescue units arrived to find heavy flames coming from the front of the doublewide mobile home. The front porch was well involved, and fire had spread into several front rooms.

A four-year canine was trapped inside the home. Neighbors made attempts to rescue the trapped dog with Firefighter-Paramedics entering the burning building to search for the dog and located the unconscious animal in a bathroom. He was rescued and brought out to one of the ambulances on the scene. Firefighter-Paramedics and Animal Services Officers treated the dog. Oxygen was administered with the use of special masks from the “Fido Kits” carried on all Colleton County Fire-Rescue Ambulances. The specially designed masks fit over the animal’s snout to administer oxygen safely and adequately during times of emergencies. After about 10 minutes of treatment, the dog began to move, and his breathing improved. Family members transported him to an animal emergency clinic in Summerville. It was reported that the dog was released in stable condition later that evening. 

The mobile home had been renovated in the past with double flooring and a metal roof installed over an older shingle roof. The additions hampered the extinguishment effort as the fire spread under the floor and across the attic space. Most of the home and personal belongings were saved, but suffered smoke and water damage. The cause of the fire is under investigation.