West Columbia, SC (Paul Kirby) A West Columbia home was damaged by fire Monday night just after a strong storm rolled through the area. The single-family home is located in the 1600 block of Gambrell Street off Jones Avenue near Sunset Boulevard.
According to West Columbia FD Operations Chief Marquis Solomon, at approximately 6:41 p.m., the Lexington County’s 911 Center received reports of smoke coming from the attic of the home. Units from the West Columbia Fire Department, along with crews from Cayce Department of Public Safety and the Lexington County Fire Service, immediately responded.
According to Solomon, when the first equipment arrived, they found smoke coming from the home. The crews suited up,entered the home, and attacked the fire. Solomon said that the blaze was brought under control in approximately 15 minutes.
Cayce and the county were dispatched under an automatic aid agreement. These agreements provide immediate assistance to maximize the firefighting resources that are available when there’s a fire. This is done on the initial dispatch without a fire commander having to ask that the crews from other departments respond.
An EMS unit from Lexington County, and police officers from the West Columbia PD also responded to assist and help to keep the firefighters and any bystanders safe while they worked. The City of Columbia Fire Department also provided assistance by covering the West Columbia area while their fire equipment and crews were tied up at the fire.
Solomon said that no one was home at the time of the fire and the cause of it is unknown at this time. The extent of the damages to the home have not yet been released by the fire department.