Grass fire spreads to and destroys mobile home near Gaston
Gaston, SC (Paul Kirby) – A grass fire that started sometime after lunch on Thursday quickly spread to and destroyed a mobile home off Venice Court in Gaston. Venice Court is located off Mack Street, southeast of the town limits.
Lexington County firefighters quickly re-routed from a public service call they were out on when callers reported that the fire was burning out of control toward several homes on or near the property. As soon as the first fire truck from Gaston station arrived on the scene, they reported that the fire was catching the underpinning and undersides of two mobile homes.
Additional fire suppression resources were dispatched that brought assistance from Swansea, Sandy Run, South Congaree, Edmund, and other county stations. The first due firefighters also requested a tractor-plow unit from the SC Forestry Commission to assist with the fight.
Battalion Chief Two from South Congaree eventually took command and requested the forestry commission send a law enforcement officer for code enforcement. This is often done when some burn ordinances have been violated. For example; if a landowner were burning household trash or yard debris illegally, and allowed his fire to burn out of control damaging the property of others, a county or state law enforcement officer could issue a ticket for the burn violations. That property owner who started the fire might also be held liable in civil court and may be subject to monetary judgments to compensate whoever owned property that was damaged or destroyed after the fire got out of control.
Firefighters left the scene after bringing the fire under control. They were dispatched to the same location later in the afternoon for a rekindle, a term used when fire that could have been hidden after the first fire attack, begins to free-burn again.
When they arrived for the second call, they found one of the mobile homes on the property was fully involved in fire. The firefighters quickly extinguished the second fire before returning to quarters after their cleanup.
The exact cause of the fire and an estimated monetary loss has not been released by the county fire service.