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Firefighters on the scene of a working house fire in Copper Bluff Friday morning

Boiling Springs, SC (Paul Kirby,8:40 a.m.) Lexington County firefighters are fighting a working house fire in the 200 block of Bronze Bluff Court in the Copper Bluff subdivision Friday morning. The first of many calls regarding the fire came in just after 7:35 a.m. The first fire truck from Boiling Springs arrived on scene at 7:40 a.m.

911 operators first received reports that a teenager might be trapped in the burning home. They later advised the responding fire crews that some of the neighbors had indicated that the teen was with a parent and not in the home at the time of the blaze. This was later confirmed by the battalion chief who was commanding the fire for Lexington County.

Flames and heavy black smoke were leaping from the roof of the large, two-story home when firefighters arrived. They laid large supply hoses from a fire hydrant to supply the fire attack.

The first crews attacked the fire from the outside in a defensive mode until more manpower and equipment could arrive on the scene. Once they knocked some of the heaviest fire down, they transitioned to an interior, offensive attack. The period at which they transition is decided by their commanders on the scene who are highly trained in both suppressing the fire and keeping their firefighters safe.

Special rehab units were dispatched to the fire to assist in cooling the firefighters down. They are equipped with canopies, fans, misters, and other equipment that helps to keep the firefighters from overexerting themselves. EMS crews are also on the scene monitoring the health of the personnel that are fighting the blaze. Law enforcement officers were also assisting with traffic control.

The fire was reported under control shortly after 8:30 a.m. Fire crews will remain on the scene for some time mopping up and performing salvage and overhaul operations.

The home was heavily damaged by the fire. The Red Cross was notified to assist the family. The exact cause of the fire hasn’t been released by the county.

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