South Congaree, SC – The driver of a trash truck had to dump his load of garbage on Princeton Road west of the Columbia Airport after he noticed that his truck was on fire before dawn Thursday morning. The truck was traveling near South Congaree and the driver was able to pull to the shoulder of the road and quickly jettison his load before serious damage could be done to the truck.
A Lexington County EMS supervisor was in the vicinity of the fire and was first to arrive after the 911 center received the call. He reported that there were flames and smoke coming from the putrid pile. In short order, Ladder 5 out of South Congaree arrived on the scene and began to extinguish the fire. Those fire fighters were assisted by a water tanker and additional personnel out of the county’s Edmund station.
Firefighters dealt with exposure to heavy rains during this call. Lightning was popping across the area and some high winds were reported. Battalion 2, the fire services supervisor over the south region, moved a ladder truck from Oak Grove for stand-by as many of the county’s central fire stations were out on a house fire near Lake Murray. This fire was believed to have been caused by a lightning strike.
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