Pelion, SC (Paul Kirby) – Firefighters from across the southern portion of the county responded to a house fire on Pine Street in Pelion just after 1:00 p.m. Monday. When the first truck from Pelion’s fire station arrived, they reported that they had a two-story home that was fully involved in fire.
The driveway to the home was very long and the home sat out of sight of the road due to a dense stand of pines. Apparently, the fire had been burning for some time and a passerby eventually saw the flames and called the fire in. Someone stopped at the Pelion fire station and advised the on-duty crew of the fire about the same time it was being dispatched by the county’s 911 center.
The crew of Engine 6 was first on scene and they laid a large supply hose down the drive so that the other trucks could stay out on Pine Street. The hose allowed the tankers to supply the attack engine with water. The second due truck set up a drop tank, a folding tank that holds a large quantity of water, for a rural water operation. Then, the second due pumper drew water out of the tank and pumped it down the drive via the hose to the crews on fire attack. Tankers from Boiling Springs, Samaria, Sharpe’s Hill, and a number of other stations were used to haul the needed water from a hydrant near the Pelion town limits to the scene of the fire.
At some point, law enforcement officers completely closed Pine Street and detoured traffic down Hartley Quarter Road on the east end, and Glover Road or Sandspur Road on the west. A few of the larger trucks that had been sitting in traffic while the firefighters worked were eventually allowed to ease through the fire scene by the deputies. This was after the fire had been brought under control and was an accommodation for the vehicles that were too large to turn around.
As the fire was brought under control, investigators from law enforcement converged on the scene of the fire. Family members said that there had been some previous domestic situations at the home that were a cause for concern. The investigators were working to determine the exact cause of the fire even as some of the home’s frame smoldered.
The fire service has said that they are classifying the home as a total loss. No one was injured as a result of the fire.