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Gaston area emergency personnel busy on Thanksgiving eve

Gaston, SC – Firefighters, EMS crews, and law enforcement officers were busy Wednesday evening dealing with a working structure fire and a serious accident in the Gaston area of the county.

The residential structure fire was reported to the 911 center at approximately 3:30 pm. Callers reported that smoke was coming from a home in the 100 block of Dowd Drive off Mack Street in Gaston.

The first arriving firefighters found smoke and flames coming from the home. Crews pulled fire hoses and made an attack as additional personnel from other stations arrived.

Fire service tankers from a number of county stations carried water into the fire from a hydrant at the intersection of Herschel and Mack Streets which is just over one mile from the fire. This drains manpower as personnel are assigned to drive the tankers rather than fighting the fire. Firefighters quickly brought the fire under control, but there was heavy damage to the home.

During the height of the fire attack, personnel and equipment from Gaston, Swansea, Sandy Run, Sharpe’s Hill, Pelion, Mack Edisto, South Congaree, and several other stations were committed to this fire. The battalion chief from the north region moved resources around to standby assignment so that the south region would be covered as personnel and equipment were committed on Dowd Drive.

The cause of the fire and the extent of the damages to the home haven’t been released by fire service officlas.

Just after 9:00 p.m., EMS personnel and firefighters from the Gaston fire station were dispatched to a car crash on Busbee Road near Wayne Street just to the northeast of the town of Gaston. When they arrived, they found a victim of the wreck was seriously injured. After their initial assessment, the EMS crew chief requested a Lifenet helicopter to expedite the transport of that patient to the trauma center in Columbia.

Ladder 5 from South Congaree responded to set a landing zone near Lanier Construction on Hwy 321 south near the intersection of Glenn Road. They provided the helicopter’s pilot an overview of the landing zone and stood fire guard as the helicopter landed to receive the patient. They were assisted by law enforcement officers who helped secure the area.

The extent of the patient’s injuries will not be released as that information is protected by privacy laws. The cause of the accident is being investigated by the SC Highway Patrol.

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