South Congaree, SC (Paul Kirby) – A mobile home was destroyed by fire between South Congaree and Edmund Monday morning. The call was dispatched in the 3100 block of Greenwood Drive at approximately 2:43 a.m. Just before trucks began arriving at the scene, an on-duty South Congaree police officer advised his dispatch that someone stopped in town to tell him that there was something big on fire near Gator Road which is just west of Greenwood Drive. Although this is out of his jurisdiction, he did report what he was told just prior to the first fire trucks’ arrival. The first crews to pull up were from the county’s Edmund station. That team reported that a single-wide mobile home was fully-involved in flames.
Firefighters used water tankers to supply the fire attack which was originally all from the outside. After the flames were knocked back, the crews got down to the dirty business of digging through the flaming embers, looking for hot-spots, and making sure that the fire was completely out. The last fire equipment didn’t leave the scene with their crews until just before 5:30 a.m.
The cause of the fire has not been released. The fire service did have a fire marshal on the scene who arrived prior to dawn, but due to the extent of the devastation of the home, it may be some time, if at all, before a cause and origin can be found. The county hasn’t yet said if anyone was hurt or if the home was occupied at the time of the fire.