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Mobile home destroyed between Swansea, Gaston, and Sharpe’s Hill by fire

Swansea, SC (Paul Kirby) – A mobile home was destroyed by fire Friday night in the 100 block of Graball Road between Swansea, Sharpe’s Hill, and Gaston. The fire, first reported around 8:30 p.m., consumed the home quickly according to neighbors who could only watch as the trailer burned. Firefighters arrived on the scene in less than 10-minutes, but the home was well involved when they pulled up.

According to neighbors who lived close by, they heard several loud explosions that caused them to look out across the road and when they did, they saw flames coming from the home. They heard more pops and the fire intensified before the first fire service units pulled up. That crew reported that between 25 and 50% of the home was ablaze but the fire was intensifying quickly. The firefighters immediately went on a defensive attack pouring water on the home from the outside.

The fire continued to grow in intensity until more trucks and manpower arrived on the scene. There were fire hydrants out on SC Hwy. 6 some distance away, but several tanker trucks were utilized to supply the fire flow that multiple crews were dousing on the burning structure. An EMS crew stood-by for the safety of everyone on the scene and the power company was requested to secure the electricity to the home. After more manpower and equipment arrived, the fire was quickly controlled.

Battalion 2 out of South Congaree was eventually in command at this fire. Because the second battalion chief was tied up on another call elsewhere, the fire service’s on-call duty officer was notified to monitor the radio in case another emergency was dispatched. He instructed communications to move equipment into empty firehouses to ensure areas were covered while so many resources were committed.

The fire service hasn’t released the cause of the fire. They also haven’t said whether the home was occupied at the time of the fire or if anyone was injured because of the blaze.

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