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County firefighters deal with two simultaneous house fires Monday afternoon

Leesville, SC (Paul Kirby) – Lexington County firefighters, assisted by crews from Batesburg / Leesville, fought a working house fire in the 1500 block of Brodie Road in the west end of the county, while others were on another residential fire near Pine Grove. Both fires were burning between 3 and 4 p.m.

The first fire was dispatched just about 3 p.m. sending firefighters from the county’s Samaria, Fairview, Gilbert, Boiling Springs, Pelion, Lexington, and several other stations. The resources from Batesburg-Leesville were sent through the automatic aid agreement that literally erases jurisdictional boundaries and sends the closest resources to the fire. In Monday’s instance, that meant that both trucks and firefighters from Batesburg-Leesville were dispatched at the same time as Lexington County’s crews.

The crew from Samaria was first in, followed almost immediately by a truck from B & L. The first due firefighters reported that they had a two-story home with smoke pushing from its eaves. They quickly mustered enough manpower to make an aggressive interior fire attack. As more equipment arrived, a rural water system was established and assigned its own radio channel.

Battalion #1 out of Lexington arrived on scene and she was passed the command of the fire from the first officer who had been in charge. She requested additional water tankers that responded from stations that were further from the fire. Battalion #2, the chief out of South Congaree, made some move up assignments to fill in empty fire stations.

It was at about this point that the second fire was dispatched in the 100 block of Emmanuel Creek Drive near Three Fountains and Pine Grove. Firefighters from Pine Grove, Oak Grove, South Congaree, Red Bank, and several other stations responded to this fire as well. The firefighters arrived and quickly brought this fire under control. The on-call duty officer was notified because both of the battalion chiefs were committed to the fires.

Back on Brodie Road, firefighters had to break into some closed spaces in the home in search of the fire. It was eventually discovered and extinguished. Even though this fire appeared to have been more severe, the scene was still brought under control within about 45 minutes. The fire was marked as out and the home was turned back over to its owner before 4:45 p.m.

Both homes were damaged by the fires. The American Red Cross was notified for the family on Emmanuel Creek and will be available if needed by the homeowners from Brodie Road.

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