Red Bank, SC (Paul Kirby) – A Red Bank home was damaged by fire Thursday night. The fire was reported around 10 p.m. on Crestwood Arch near Danwood Drive. This is between old Orangeburg Road and South Lake Drive and close to Saxe Gotha Elementary School.
Firefighters quickly arrived on the scene and reported that they saw smoke coming out of the single-family home. The original caller had notified the telecommunications operators at the 911 center that the fire was burning in the master bedroom. They also asked that the firefighters be warned that there was ammunition and fireworks stored in a portion of the room. The dispatcher passed this on to the responding personnel. At one point, the caller called back and reported that the fireworks had started going off before the first due fire apparatus arrived on the scene.
Firefighters from Red Bank, Lexington, South Congaree, Pine Grove, and other county stations responded. They were supported by an EMS crew and law enforcement officers who assisted with safety and traffic control.
One of the fire engines laid a large diameter supply hose from a nearby fire hydrant. This allowed the firefighters to establish a good water flow, but blocked some traffic in the area for a short period of time.
Battalion Chief #1 arrived on the scene and assumed command of the firefighting operations. He reported that the fire was under control within a short time of the arrival of the first responding crews.
The cause of the fire hasn’t been released by the fire service as of Friday morning. They also haven’t said exactly how much damage they estimated there was to the home.