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Doublewide catches fire Saturday morning near Pelion

Pelion, SC (Paul Kirby) – A doublewide mobile home caught fire Saturday morning just after 8:00 a.m. in the 100 block of George Brown Boulevard near Pelion. This is off New Hope Church Road, just east of the town.

Firefighters had some difficulty getting into the home because of the condition of the driveway. When they did get to the scene, they reported that they had smoke coming from the home and confirmed the fire was still burning.

Crews had to use tanker trucks to supply the water needed for the fire fight. With no fire hydrants in proximity to the home, these specially trucks built to haul water are required to move water from the closest supply source to the fire. These each require a driver and that robs manpower from the fire fight.

The fire was brought under control and marked out within an hour. Battalion #1 was in command and he kept some crews on the scene for some time checking hot spots, and picking up their equipment.

The cause of the fire has not been determined. The extent of the damage to the home has not been released.

As a note, several of the roads in this area are privately maintained. They have never been brought to a standard that would allow the county to accept them into their system. This means that the people who live on these roads are responsible for their maintenance. When they are not maintained by the residents, it can be a challenge for emergency vehicles to access the homes on those roads.

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