Fire destroys abandoned home on Josh Road west of Pelion
Pelion, SC (Paul Kirby) – A home near the end of Josh Road in Pelion was destroyed by fire Saturday afternoon just before 5:30 p.m. The fire was reported as much of the area’s fire equipment was just beginning to return to their stations from another house fire in the Samaria area that turned out to be a small electrical problem. When the first truck from the county’s Pelion Station arrived, it reported that about half of the Josh Road home had already been consumed by the fire. As more fire equipment and manpower arrived, the crews pulled their hoses and made an attack.
One of the battalion chiefs arrived at the fire and began to work to organize the water supply for the blaze using water tankers. He also established the safety systems meant to account for the firefighters who are engaged in extinguishing the fire. An EMS crew was assigned to the fire to make sure that the crews were in good physical condition as they rotated on and off the hose lines. Once the fire service had enough manpower and equipment on the scene to effectively fight the fire, it didn’t take them long to bring it under control. It did take a great deal of time to effectively finish the overhaul process so that the fire wouldn’t rekindle later.
According to Harrison Cahill, a spokesman for Lexington County, the double-wide mobile home was vacant and boarded up but was being occupied by someone illegally. Cahill said that there were no injuries as a result of the fire and the actual cause of the fire is still unknown. He also said that no dollar loss amount is available.
Later Saturday night, the fire service, along with the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department, responded back to the area after someone called and reported a suspicious person in the area. The sheriff’s department dealt with that and the fire service was released quickly to return to their quarters.