West Columbia, SC (Paul Kirby) – Multiple Lexington County fire units and firefighters and equipment from the City of West Columbia are on the scene of a well involved single family home in the 500 block of Thompson Avenue off Leaphart Road near I-26. The first units that arrived on the scene from the county reported that a large portion of the home was already involved in fire.
Firefighters have stretched large water hoses down Thompson from Leaphart Road where the closest fire hydrant is located. This has effectively closed the road for traffic and motorists should avoid the area if at all possible. Fire equipment is blocking the roads and more is enroute to the scene.
Fire officers quickly requested law enforcement once they arrived. They have reported that there was a civil dispute in progress that required that the police respond using their lights and sirens to get there quickly. They also have EMS crews on the scene and it appears as if they are treating at least one patient, although they have not described what the patient is suffering from.
The fire fighters have attack lines on the ground and were aggressively attacking the fire. They have had crews on the roof ventilating the smoke so that the crews inside could find the base of the fire to attack it.
Both battalion chiefs are on scene and trucks and manpower are being moved around to cover the areas that have their primary units tied up at the fire. This is done so that those areas will not be unprotected while the fire is being fought.
The fire was dispatched at approximately 2:45 p.m. and the fire was placed under control at 3:11 p.m. This means that the fire is no longer growing in strength and size and it is being handled with the equipment and manpower that’s on the scene. Some units are still enroute to relieve the crews that have been exhausted while making the initial attack. Those crews are being moved through a rehab process that has been set up.
It is much too early in the fire to determine the cause. It does appear that people have been displaced by the fire. If that’s the case, the American Red Cross will be notified to assist them.