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Firefighters make quick work of house fire on Singing Pines

South Congaree, SC (Paul Kirby) – Firefighters from South Congaree, Pine Grove, Red Bank, and several other county fire stations made quick work of a house fire off Singing Pines Drive Monday afternoon. The owner of the house came home and found the house filling with smoke before calling 911.

According to the homeowner, she had been home just moments after being out for a portion of the day with her sister. When she first smelled the smoke, she went upstairs to investigate. When she saw smoke was filling the upstairs, she thought she might be able to remove some personal items from the house. As the smoke thickened, she decided she would evacuate and wait for the firefighters.

Ladder 5 was first due and its crew immediately pulled their lines for fire attack. The truck from Pine Grove arrived within minutes, as did the tanker trucks that were bringing extra water in case it was needed.

Singing Pines, a small dirt road, was completely blocked as the fire and emergency equipment continued to arrive on the scene. Beside the fire trucks the EMS crew from the county was on the scene to monitor the safety of the firefighters and the property owners that had gathered in the yard.

The fire crews removed smoldering fiberglass insulation from the interior of the home that was blackened by the fire. It was stacked in the yard. Other responders were helping the homeowners to remove personal items like clothes that were smoke covered, but otherwise unharmed.

The fire service was still mopping up after the fire after 3:30 p.m.. They had not released the exact cause of the fire by mid-afternoon Monday. There was also no estimate of the exact amount of damage done prepared at this writing.

Photos by: Austin Branham for The Lexington Ledger

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