Red Bank, SC (Paul Kirby) – Several mobile homes were destroyed, and more may have been damaged, by a fire that was roaring through an older mobile home park when the fire service’s first crews pulled up Tuesday as the sun was setting. The fire was dispatched about 8:15 p.m. off Simmons Road off YMCA Road in the heart of Red Bank. The battalion chief and some of the trucks that were enroute from Lexington at the time could see a large column of black smoke pushing skyward long before they arrived on the scene.
The first truck out of Red Bank’s station arrived and reported they had at least two single-wide mobile homes fully engulfed in flames. They pulled hose lines and made an attack but weren’t making much headway until other crews began to arrive and backed them up. Eventually, a water supply was established that closed Simmons Road and crews of firefighters began pouring the water on the flames. The fire was also running through some dry grass and that also had to be stopped before it allowed the flames to spread to other nearby mobile homes.
The battalion chief was thinking way ahead and had already requested a firefighter’s rehab truck respond. He did so even before he arrived on the scene knowing that the oppressive heat would be a challenge for his crews. This truck is loaded with special equipment to help firefighters cool down at an emergency where their bodies are stressed by the heat. An ambulance from Lexington EMS was also on the scene to help monitor the crew’s health and transport anyone if necessary. Sheriff’s deputies also assisted with the road closures and keeping people back.
It took quite some time to completely put the fire out. As of Wednesday morning, the fire service hasn’t said if the homes were occupied, what started the fires, or if anyone was injured as a result.