Fire at extended stay hotel on McSwain in West Columbia gives off lots of smoke and quite a scare to
West Columbia, SC (Paul Kirby) – A fire in a small portion of one of the hotels on McSwain Drive in West Columbia put off a great deal of smoke, scared lots of folks, brought fire resources from across the Midlands, but was quickly brought under control Monday night by local firefighters who arrived first on scene. According to witnesses who watched as the firefighters worked, there was enough smoke to make bystanders believe that the hotel was burning to the ground, but as it turned out, it was contained to a small room where laundry is done. This location in the building has not been corroborated by fire department leadership. Much of the attention that the fire brought was because it is so close to I-26 and its very busy intersection of Sunset Boulevard near the Lexington Medical Center.
The fire, which was reported around 8:00 p.m., brought equipment and personnel from the West Columbia FD, Lexington County, the Irmo Fire District, and the City of Columbia FD. Apparently, police officers arrived first and reported that smoke was pouring from a part of the building. When West Columbia fire equipment and personnel arrived on the scene, they quickly assessed what was going on and went to work putting the fire out. They did just that quickly and then were able to begin releasing much of the other equipment before it arrived on scene.
West Columbia’s fire marshals also responded to help begin to determine what had actually happened to start the fire. It is believed that the quick action of the firefighters contained the actual fire to a small portion of the structure. The cause and origin of the fire hasn’t been released yet and we haven’t obtained the estimated damages to the building or its contents. Most of the tenants were allowed to return to their rooms once the firefighters packed up and left the scene.