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Lexington County Fire Service responding mutual aid resources to Holly Hill fire

Holly Hill, SC (Paul Kirby) Lexington County has been asked to lend support to Orangeburg County’s efforts to put out a fire that’s been burning in a scrap yard in Holly Hill, SC. According to Harrison Cahill, Lexington County’s public information officer, the fire service has two tankers and a battalion chief enroute to the fire.

The fire at Don's Car Crushing on White Sand Road near Holly Hill has been burning since sometime Friday afternoon. No injuries have been reported and Orangeburg County fire officials have said they haven’t determined how the fire started. A number of firefighters are battling the blaze and fire apparatus has come to assist from counties and municipalities across the region. The incident commanders on that fire say it could take several days to extinguish it.

The equipment that Lexington County has enroute are tankers truck that are especially built to haul water quickly. They have the ability to fill fast and then offload their loads of water in less that two-minutes. Whenever Lexington County sends equipment to an out of county emergency, they also respond one of the two battalion chiefs to help oversee our equipment and personnel and ensure the safety of our firefighters.

Battalion chiefs are the highest-ranking officers that work the three shifts the fire service has and are on the streets of our county 24/7 providing supervision for our crews. In the case of Saturday’s response, battalion one, the North Region commander is also enroute to Holly Hill. If battalion two were to have to commit to some other emergency in or out of the county now, the on-call duty officer would be notified and would respond while battalion one is out of the county. This arrangement provides the high level of supervision needed to ensure our firefighters are both safe and everything is operating as it should.

Lexington County officials have not said how long Orangeburg County might need LCFS assistance. It is not unusual for other counties and municipalities to request the assistance of Lexington County under mutual aid agreements. Just last week, our EMS assisted Lee County after a riot broke out at a prison there leaving seven inmates dead and many others injured.

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