Sharpe’s Hill, SC (Paul Kirby) 05:20 a.m. – A single wide mobile home is burning in the Sharpe’s Hill area of the county. The fire was reported in the 100 block of Jacob Circle off Sharpe’s Hill Road just before 5:30 a.m. Wednesday morning.
Callers advised the county’s 911 center that the single-wide mobile home was fully involved in fire. The fire service’s first arriving engine and crew reported that the home was “on the ground,” a term they often use to describe structure that has been burning long enough that it is already in the process of collapsing, or has burned to the point that it has fallen down. In these cases, the firefighter's only recourse it to pour water on the fire from the outside until it’s brought under control. Fires that have reached this point normally have been burning for quite some time, and are discovered by neighbors who either hear unfamiliar noises as the structure burns or have just woken up to begin their day and discover the fire.
A number of stations are on the fire because of a lack of fire hydrants in proximity to the home. This requires the firefighters to tank water in for the fire attack. Fire crews are on the scene from Sharpe’s Hill, Gaston, Swansea, Pelion, and several other stations. As is the case with all working fires, an EMS crew is also on the scene standing by in case someone is injured.
The battalion chief reported that the blaze was under control in about 30 minutes. Firefighters will remain on the scene until the fire is completely out, and they’ve picked up all their hoses and equipment.