Chapin, SC (Paul Kirby) – Firefighters battled a house fire Saturday night that destroyed a home in the 100 block of Newberry Drive near the banks of the lake. Newberry Drive runs parallel to Dreher Island Road close to the Frayed Knot and Snug Harbor. The fire was reported around 8:50 p.m. just as temperatures were plunging.
The first crew that arrived from Lexington County’s Amicks Ferry Station reported they had heavy flames and smoke that appeared to be pushing out of the home’s garage, and had already extended to the house. They began their setup for attack while more personnel from Chapin and Crossroads began to arrive. The battalion chief enroute from the Lexington area began requesting help from Columbia-Richland and Newberry County, and trucks had already been dispatched from the Irmo Fire District and were enroute.
Eventually, the teams made their attacks both with hand-lines and through the larger nozzle on the tip of the ladder mounted on the rear of the aerial equipped truck out of Chapin. They began feeding this fire flow with tankers from the three counties who had thrown their equipment and manpower into the fight. The manpower on scene grew as Irmo’s and Columbia-Richland’s trucks began to arrive with full companies, a driver, an officer, and several firefighters per truck, that quickly swelled the ranks of people who could actually help fight the fire. Volunteers from Newberry County were also arriving to offer their assistance as well.
Eventually, equipment was moved from the heart of Lexington County to cover the Chapin area in case of another fire. During the height of the fight, firefighters and trucks from as far away as Lexington were on the scene from Lexington County, as well as all the other counties and departments.
It took some time to bring the fire under control, and even longer for the commander to call it out. All the while temperatures that started as cold, were rapidly dropping into the dangerously frigid range. EMS personnel were on scene to monitor the health of the firefighters who were working.
The home was destroyed by the blaze. The exact cause of the fire has yet to be determined.