Cayce, SC (Paul Kirby) – A home on K Avenue in Cayce was heavily damaged by fire Thursday night. The fire was reported to the Cayce Department of Public Safety sometime between 8:30 and 8:45 p.m. When the first responders arrived on scene, they had heavy fire in a portion of the single-family home.
Cayce’s Public Safety model utilizes a few firefighters who are assigned to the fire station and firefighting, and then police officers who are crossed trained to fight fire as well. More of the public safety officers began arriving in their patrol cars and suiting up in fire gear to help the firefighters make an attack. Off-duty officers were paged in from home to help with the fire and to provide police coverage for the city while the home was burning. A fire engine was requested from the city of West Columbia and they arrived on the scene of the fire and joined in the fight.
The combined crews did a primary and secondary search of the home to make sure no one was trapped inside. While this was going on, other firefighters fought back the flames and began to search for hidden hot-spots that can rekindle if not properly extinguished. Lexington County sent a fire engine with a crew and a battalion chief to stand-by at Cayce’s fire station in case another fire or emergency call was received.
It took some time to ensure the fire was completely out, the overhaul of the home was complete so that any hidden fire was revealed, and all of the equipment and hoses were picked up, cleaned up, and returned or reloaded on the fire engine that made the first fire attack.
The damage to the home from the fire was significant. The Cayce Department of Public Safety hasn’t released the cause of the fire or any estimated dollar loss.