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Posted April 4, 2014 EST

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Windy Hill Firefighters Injured In Wildland Fire
United States (South Carolina) - One firefighter injured fighting Wednesday afternoon's McIver Road brush fire remains hospitalized in Augusta but two others were treated and released from Florence area hospitals Wednesday.
A Windy Hill firefighter who suffered burns when he fell through the floor of a mobile home firefighters were trying to save at the time was taken to Joseph M. Still Burn Center, said Capt. Mitch Weatherford, Windy Hill Fire Department.
Weatherford said he spoke to the firefighter by phone and he seemed to be in good spirits.
The City of Florence and West Florence's firefighters, who suffered leg injuries fighting the fire, were both treated and released, Weatherford said.
Windy Hill firefighters returned to the fire scene Thursday morning to wet down some hot spots that continued to burn within containment lines, Weatherford said.
He said firefighters would likely return later Thursday to do the same as a precaution to keep the fire within the containment lines -- and out of a neighboring field that contains a radio tower -- should the wind pick up Thursday as it did Wednesday.
Windy Hill, firefighters responded about 3 p.m. Wednesday to a reported brush fire and were quickly joined by City of Florence, West Florence and South Carolina Forestry Commission firefighters who fought to contain the blaze which ultimately destroyed a single-wide mobile home and several vehicles.
Anthony Eaddy with the South Carolina Forestry Commission said a preliminary investigation determined the fire began as a debris fire that escaped control. Eaddy also said the fire covered 12 acres of land before being completely contained.
Firefighters were able to prevent a second nearby mobile home from burning and kept the fire from spreading to another group of mobile homes while a forestry plow cut a break through the woods to keep the fire from spreading to adjoining businesses and homes.
Water was an issue for firefighters as tankers shuttled water from a hydrant several miles away to the fire ground, Florence County Councilman James Schofield said.
No civilian injuries were reported as a result of the fire, Windy Hill Fire Chief John DeLung said.

Written by Matthew Robertson


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