County firefighters battle fire that destroys mobile home near Pelion
Pelion, SC (Paul Kirby) – While most of the county’s residents were somewhere in front of a television watching the annual Carolina Bowl, our county firefighters were fighting a fire that destroyed a mobile home. The county’s 911 center received the first call at 7:58 p.m. from a third-party caller who said there were flames leaping out of the rear of the home on Bub Shumpert Road near Sandspur Road west of the Pelion town limits.
As fire equipment responded, telecommunication operators attempted to locate a fire hydrant near-by through their computer dispatch system. They quickly determined that firefighters would require water tankers to supply the fight because there were no hydrants close to the home.
The battalion chief out of South Congaree requested several additional water tankers respond even before he arrived on the scene. The closest tankers sat in their houses driver-less because those station’s personnel were en route on the first due engines.
The first arriving truck and personnel from Pelion reported that they had heavy fire showing from the rear and end of the doublewide when they pulled up on scene. They began to pull fire lines as additional personnel arrived from Fairview and a number of other stations. Eventually, resources from as far away as South Congaree were thrown into the fire attack which was described as defensive in nature as the condition of the structure deteriorated making it unsafe to send firefighters inside.
The north region battalion chief began to redeploy trucks and personnel from the central portion of the county to fill empty stations in the south. Those resources were held at those stand-by positions until the fire was brought under control and equipment was released from the scene to return to their duty stations.
The American Red Cross was notified so that they could assist the family who lost their home and possessions as a result of this fire. They often provide temporary lodging, food, and money to replace essentials like toiletries and several changes of clothing.
County firefighters remained on the scene for several hours making sure that the fire was completely out. They also return to the fire later to check for rekindles.
The cause of the fire and an estimate of the damages to the home haven’t been released by the fire service.