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West Columbia firefighters rescue person from burning home

West Columbia, SC (Paul Kirby) West Columbia firefighters were able to remove a person from a burning home in the city Sunday night preventing what could have been a tragedy. Calls that the small home in the 1100 block of Mohawk Drive was on fire came in just before 7 p.m. At least one caller had advised the dispatchers that they feared someone was still trapped in the home.

Fire crews from West Columbia, backed up by personnel from the Irmo Fire District, arrived on the scene to find smoke coming from the single-family dwelling. West Columbia firefighters quickly donned their breathing air and entered the home conducting a primary search. They quickly located a victim that was conscious, but was unable to escape by himself. The firefighters swung into action and removed the disoriented person. Once outside, they turned the person over to a waiting EMS crew. That crew then took over, and with the help of the firefighters, loaded the injured person into an ambulance and transported him to Lexington Medical Center for treatment of his injuries.

According to Deputy Chief Marquis Solomon of the West Columbia Fire Department, the fire was contained by the firefighters to one room and its contents. That was quickly put out, but the smoke, heat, and water did enough damage that it displaced the family living there. Chief Solomon said that the American Red Cross had been notified and was working to assist the family whose home was damaged.

There is no word on the condition of the person who was transported to the hospital.

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