Red Bank, SC – A home in the 400 block of YMCA Road was destroyed by fire late Thursday night. The home was fully involved when equipment from Lexington County’s fire service arrived on the scene.
A spokesman for Lexington County said that the call was received at 10:30 p.m. The first units arrived within six minutes of the time the call was received. Multiple adjacent residences and several vehicles were threatened as firefighters arrived and started their attack.
Units from Red Bank, Pine Grove, Lexington, and several other stations responded. A second alarm was requested by commanders on the fire for additional manpower and equipment. In total, 23 personnel and two battalion chiefs responded to the scene.
Firefighters were assisted by personnel from Lexington County EMS who stood by to help rehabilitate the firefighters. Sheriff’s deputies were also on location in case their assistance was needed. Fire officers moved equipment from outlying areas to fill in at empty stations whose resources were committed to the blaze.
According to Beth Cavanaugh, the owner of the home next door to the one that burned, she and her husband saw lights coming from the neighbor's house they had never noticed before. Once they realized that their neighbor’s home was on fire and the lights weren’t just new outdoor floods, they dialed 911.
The home of origin was completely lost and the Cavanaugh’s home was also damaged by the heat that radiated from the blaze. Cavanaugh said that they were told to leave their home by the firefighters once it appeared that their home was in danger. She was reluctant to leave her house because she was having trouble locating all of her family pets.
According to Harrison Cayhill, spokesman for Lexington County, the cause of the fire is under investigation. “The current weather conditions are hampering our efforts to determine the cause of this fire,” Cayhill said. He said that personnel would return to the scene once the weather clears to attempt to better pinpoint the exact cause and origin of the blaze.