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Two mobile homes damaged by fires in southern Lexington County Tuesday evening

Pelion-Gaston, SC (Paul Kirby) – Two mobile homes in two separate communities were damaged by fires in Southern Lexington County Tuesday evening and into Tuesday night. The first fire was near Pelion and the second was just southeast of the town of Gaston.

The first fire was reported around 5:30 p.m. in the 1000 block of Bub Shumpert Road just northwest of the town. This is near the intersection of Sandspur and Bub Shumpert. A neighbor saw smoke coming from the home and dialed 911.

According to that neighbor, she and her husband were home when they saw smoke coming from the home. She dialed 911 while her husband rushed over to see if anyone was home. Although her husband found no one home, he did locate and un-tethered a dog that was on a lead connected to the home’s porch. By the time he had rescued the dog, the fire had intensified and the flames and smoke had begun pushing out of the house.

Once the first fire engine arrived from Pelion, its crew reported that the fire was a “working” fire. This indicates that there is a fire that is burning, and that it will require that firefighters actively attack the flames. The first due crew pulled their hoses and set up for the fire fight. As more firefighters from Fairview, Mack Edisto, Boiling Springs, and other stations arrived, they advanced their hoses and quickly brought the fire under control.

A check of the county’s 911 computers requested by the battalion chief out of South Congaree indicated that the home at the same address had experienced a grease fire in late November of 2016. The county’s fire service has not released the cause of the fire or exactly how many people were displaced as a result of the damages to the home. There were no reported injuries to any of the firefighters or civilians.

The second fire occurred on State Pond Road off Hwy. 321 south between Gaston and the Hwy. 21/321 split. That fire was reported around 9:30 p.m.

An EMS unit was the first to arrive on the fire, and its personnel reported that the home was down a long, sandy drive that might be hard for the fire trucks to get to. The crew of that unit parked on State Pond Rd. and walked in. They reported that there were flames and smoke visible when they arrived.

Gaston’s fire engine and crew were first in and they laid a large diameter supply hose down the drive to provide water without bringing more trucks down the drive that was in poor condition. As additional equipment and personnel arrived, they parked out on the dirt road and walked in to assist in attacking the fire.

At some point, the battalion chief in charge reported that there were people on the scene of the fire actively fighting amongst themselves. The sheriff’s department sent deputies to bring that under control while the firefighters fought the fire and knocked the flames down quickly.

Fire crews responded to that fire from Gaston, South Congaree, Sharpe’s Hill, Swansea, Sandy Run, and several other stations. As is standard procedure, EMS personnel stood by during the fire to ensure the safety and well-being of the firefighters and civilians on the scene.

Another of the battalion chiefs moved up some equipment to cover empty stations committed to the fire. This is always done in the event that another emergency is reported in that region while resources are committed to fighting the fire in the home.

It was unclear if deputies from the county had to make any arrests on the scene related to the physical altercation. The extent of the damages to the home and the cause of the fire, has not yet been released by the fire service.

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