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Mobile home damaged by fire near Fairview

Fairview, SC (Paul Kirby) A double-wide mobile home caught fire Sunday afternoon in the Fairview area of the county. Fire crews were dispatched at approximately 5:45 p.m. to the 200 block of Rhoda Rish Road. This is near where it intersects with Charles Town Road just southeast of Fairview crossroads.

The first arriving firefighters advised that they had smoke showing when they pulled up. As more equipment and manpower arrived, the crews pulled their hose lines and went on the attack.

Most of the county’s western stations responded to the fire. This included Fairview, Samaria, Pelion, Mack Edisto, Edmund, Boiling Springs, Lexington, and other stations as well as one of the battalion chiefs. While the chief was enroute, he requested additional equipment after the first due reported they had a working fire.

The battalion chief arrived on the scene and assumed command of the operation. He reported that the fire was in the attic area of the home.

A rural water supply operation was used to supply the water for the firefighters. Tankers hauled water to the scene from a location some distance away. This was required because there are no fire hydrants in proximity to the home.

The fire was brought under control within the hour, but firefighters spent a great deal of time searching for hidden fire, checking hot spots, mopping up, and picking up their equipment on the scene. All equipment and manpower had cleared the scene by approximately 7:30 p.m.

During the height of the fire, the second battalion chief began moving equipment and crews up from other stations to cover fire houses that were already committed to the fire. This is normal operating procedure when a great number of the stations in a particular region are committed to one or several incidents.

The cause of the fire or an estimated dollar loss at the property has not been released by county officials.

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