Posted December 28, 2013 EST
Poplar Street House Fire
(South Carolina) -
A Poplar Street home was destroyed in an early morning fire Friday 27-December. At 02:55, Colleton County (SC) Fire-Rescue was notified of the house with flames coming out of the windows in the Hampton Drive Subdivision east of Walterboro. Engine 19 arrived minutes later to find the single story wood frame residential dwelling fully involved, with flames 40 feet in the air. An unattached, two story garage behind the home was threatened. Firefighters deployed two 1-3/4 handlines and one 2-1/2 handline to combat the fire. Engine 19 attempted to use a deck gun, but was not effective reaching the building due to trees in the yard. A second alarm was issued 20 minutes into the incident for additional personnel and Tenders. The roof over the center of the structure collapsed shortly after arrival. Water supply was conducted with a Tender Shuttle. It took Firefighters about 30 minutes to bring the fire under control. The home was a rental property and was not occupied, however it did have power connected. The building was heavily damaged and nearly completely destroyed. The separate garage was not damaged. While crews were finishing overhaul operations, a second well involved structure fire one block from this residence was reported. Tender 26 was able to be freed up from the scene, initially responded and began firefighting efforts. Due to the close proximity and the suspicious nature of the fires, the Sheriff’s Office and State Police (SLED) Arson Unit were contacted to assist with the investigation. Engine 19, Engine 24, Tender 1, Tender 19, Tender 26, Tender 27, Medic 1, Medic 19, Battalion 1, Car 12 and Car 118 responded. Battalion Chief Scott Feather served as Incident Commander.
Photos by Harold Buzzell and Barry McRoy
Written by Barry McRoy