A local rural landmark was destroyed in an early morning fire Sunday 04-May. At 04:54, Colleton County (SC) Fire-Rescue was sent to 26409 Augusta Highway, Brandys Social Club, for a reported fire in a building. Engine 9 arrived to find the building had already been destroyed and was almost burned out. The approximately 40’ x 45’ block structure had been known for the last several decades at the Edisto Tackle Shop and had a colorful past, serving fishermen and visitors to the Edisto River. It was most recently operated as Brandy’s. Firefighters deployed two 1-3/4" handlines to extinguish the fire. The block enclosure was all that remained of the building, with a little wood around the top of the blocks still burning. The roof and all materials inside the building had burned long before the fire was spotted. A single story home located 20 feet away suffered minor exterior damage. A man traveling to work noticed the fire and alerted 9-1-1. The owner responded to the scene and advised the establishment was closed a little after midnight. A patron came back to the scene after daybreak, noting he picked up his car around 03:00 and did not notice anything wrong. The doors were still pad locked when firefighters arrived. Units were on the scene for a little over four hours. Water supply was handled with Tenders. The Sheriff’s Office is investigating the incident. Engine 9, Engine 902, Tender 5, Tender 9, Tender 903, Tender 19, Medic 9, Medic 19, Battalion 1 and Car 12 responded. Battalion Chief Dan Barb served as Incident Commander.
Photos by Harold Buzzell
Written by Barry McRoy