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Two fires challenge county firefighting resources in the south end


Edmund, SC (Paul Kirby) – Two mobile home fires challenged the firefighting resources of Battalion 2, the designation for the fire stations and emergency resources in the southern portion of Lexington County, early Thursday morning. At one point, there were just two manned trucks available to respond to another emergency in the expansive area that lies south of I-20.

Firefighters from Swansea, Sandy Run, Mack Edisto, and other stations responded to the 700 block of Redmond Mill Road in the town of Swansea around 4:00 a.m. This is in proximity to the Swansea High School football complex and the Lexington School District Four administrative offices.

When the firefighters arrived on the scene, they found a mobile home burning. They established a water supply and made their fire attack as additional resources arrived on the scene to assist the first in crews.

Battalion 2, the area’s designated field level supervisor from South Congaree, set up the command structure for this fire and oversaw the operations. A Lexington County EMS unit was on the scene for safety and law enforcement was requested to assist at the fire.

At approximately 4:30 a.m., a second fire alarm was dispatched in the 6300 block of Edmund Hwy. where it intersects with Falcon Drive. This is at the intersection of SC Hwy. 6 where it turns off toward Swansea.

The first arriving fire crews from Pelion reported that they had heavy flames showing from several sides of this home. The county’s second battalion chief out of Lexington responded to set up the command structure at this fire.

Firefighters and equipment from Edmund, Boiling Springs, Fairview, South Congaree assisted the first due crews as they began to search the home for anyone who might not have been able to escape the blaze. Once the home was searched and reported clear, the firefighters quickly attacked the blaze and brought the fire under control.

A deputy from the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department was on the scene of this fire. An EMS crew also stood by so that they could provide immediate assistance in the event that a firefighter or someone else was injured during the firefighting operations.

The on duty senior officer was notified by dispatch of the two working fires and he began to monitor the fire channel. This is standard operating procedure if both battalion chiefs are tied up on calls.

After a quick assessment of the fire resources that were committed to the fires and what was left to respond to another emergency, the duty officer instructed equipment from Red Bank to move to Edmund and the fire engine from Pine Grove be moved to South Congaree as coverage for the empty stations. He also moved a truck from Samaria to Swansea to cover that station.

Although crews remained on the scenes for for quite some time, both fires were reported under control just before 6:00 a.m. Firefighters were cleaning up and checking for hot spots as the sun rose over Lexington County.

Both of the homes were heavily damaged by the fires. As of this writing, the causes of both fires had not been released by the county.

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