South Congaree, SC (Paul Kirby) – A mobile home burned on Phillip Court off Phillip Drive near South Congaree early Thursday morning. The fire, reported shortly after 3:00 a.m., destroyed the mobile home even though firefighters from nearby South Congaree, Edmund, and other county fire stations arrived quickly. The fire was in a small community made up of mobile and manufactured homes near the intersection of Edmund Highway and Princeton Road just west of South Congaree’s town limits.
When the first fire units arrived, they reported the call as working, a term meaning they would need to pull hoses and actively attack the fire. Even though there are hydrants that they can be used to readily supply water for firefighting on Edmund Highway, they still had to supply the fight with tanker trucks. This was necessary because the hydrants were close as the crow-flies, but not by road, which is how the 5” supply hoses would have to be laid from those hydrants. The supply lines drop off the back of the fire trucks as they pull in and can’t be manually pulled by firefighters over rough terrain for any distance.
Once enough personnel arrived on scene and a water supply was established, the fire was quickly knocked down. Personnel were still on the scene after 5:00 a.m. digging through debris and putting the remaining hot spots out. They were also waiting on the arrival of Mid Carolina Co-Operative to secure the electricity to the home which had fallen during the fire. The American Red Cross was notified so that they could assist the residents that were displaced as a result of the blaze.The fire was marked out by the on-scene commander at 5:25 a.m.
Fire stations across the South Region responded and the fire service personnel were assisted by a crew from Lexington EMS. Law enforcement officers also responded from the sheriff’s department to help control traffic and keep the neighbors and any onlookers back. It may be some time before the cause of the fire is determined. No exact dollar loss from the fire has been determined.