South Region fire that displaces three residents being investigated by sheriff’s department and fire
Swansea, SC (Paul Kirby) A mobile home fire in the south of the county is under investigation by the sheriff’s department and the fire service. The call, which came in just before 9:00 p.m., was in the 100 block of Jasper Sutton Road between Gaston and Swansea. While enroute to the call, firefighters were advised that something was taking place at the home that had 911 operators dispatching sheriff’s deputies to the home. Those deputies were responding code, meaning they were using their lights and sirens, which indicates a sense of urgency to deal with whatever was taking place there. First arriving fire crews reported that they had a fully involved singlewide home when they arrived. They pulled several handlines and attacked the fire in a defensive way. This means that they fought the flames from the outside until they could knock the fire down. Then they might transition into entering the home, if it is deemed safe. Rural water operations were required at this fire. That is necessary when there are no fire hydrants in proximity for water supply. Other equipment was moved up from other areas to fill in at empty stations where those resources were committed. The fire was brought under control quickly; however, firefighters remained on the scene for some time mopping up and picking up their equipment. Three people were displaced as a result of the home’s loss. Captain Adam Myrick of the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department said last night that their department is assisting the fire service in determining how this fire started. At this time, that location is being treated as a crime scene. The home was deemed a total loss by the fire service.