Swansea, SC (Paul Kirby) – An early morning house fire destroyed a home in the 1100 block of Gus Sturkie Road east of Swansea on Wednesday. The first call regarding the fire came into the county’s 911 center at approximately 7:45 a.m.
Fire trucks and personnel from the Lexington County Fire Service responded from stations across the south region. This included Swansea, Sandy Run, Gaston, Sharpe’s Hill, Mack Edisto, Pelion, South Congaree, and others.
Senior fire service supervisors moved trucks and personnel from other stations in the center of the county to fill in empty fire houses who were committed to the fire. It is standard operating procedure to redistribute resources when a region's firefighters and equipment are all concentrating on one emergency.
The firefighters in Swansea employed tankers to supply the water for the fire attack. This was done because the fire hydrants were some distance from the home. The tankers challenge the staffing resources of the fire service because each tanker truck requires a driver that could be actively manning the hose lines.
According to Harrison Cayhill, spokesperson for Lexington County, three people who lived in the home were displaced by the fire. Fire investigators are on the scene now looking into what started the blaze.