Home just outside the city of Cayce heavily damaged by fire

Cayce, SC (Paul Kirby) – A house fire that was reported about 9:15 p.m. Sunday totaled a home in the 900 block of Starmount Drive near Cayce. Within moments of the fire being dispatched, a Cayce Public Safety officer arrived and reported that there were flames rolling out of the home. It was 26 degrees in our area at the time of the fire.

County firefighters from South Congaree, Gaston, Swansea, Sharpes Hill, Pine Grove, and several other stations were on the first dispatch. The battalion chief covering the area quickly struck a second alarm for manpower bringing the second battalion chief from the north region, plus equipment from Red Bank, Oak Grove, and other stations from the southern and central areas of the county. Trucks and crews from Sandy Run, Lexington, and several other stations were also moved up to cover the empty stations whose resources were committed.

There were plenty of good fire hydrants for a sustainable water supply in the area and this allowed many of the trucks to be parked, just lending their equipment and manpower to the fight. Eventually, the assembled teams entered the home and attacked the fire. They had to pull down portions of the ceiling to access the attic space where the fire had extended. The combined crews quickly had what’s referred to as a “knock” on the fire, meaning that the fire was knocked down or controlled. Afterwards, they spent a great deal of time mopping up hot-spots and performing salvage and overhaul operations to ensure that the fire was completely out and what was left of the homeowner’s possessions was protected from any further damage.

The home received heavy damage from the fire. The exact cause of the blaze hasn’t been released by the fire service.

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