Lexington County firefighters battle structure fire while in-state rivals Clemson / Carolina battle
Mack Edisto, SC (Paul Kirby) – For the second year in a row, while most of the state were either glued to their televisions, or inside a huge sport’s stadium watching Carolina and Clemson battle it out on the football field, firefighters from some of the Lexington County South Region fire stations were battling a structure fire. In 2017, a mobile home fire on Bub Shumpert Road was reported about the time of kickoff for the big game. That fire kept personnel tied up for several hours causing the firefighters to rely on friends or DVRs to catch up on the highlights of the contest.
This year, the call came in just after 8:00 p.m. on Poole’s Mill Road near Mack Edisto. It was originally called in as a structure fire and at some point, callers led the dispatchers to believe it might be a barn that was on fire. Once the first firefighters arrived on scene, they described the structure as an old, possibly abandoned, mobile home that was fully involved in fire.
Poole’s Mill Road is a very rural area. It is close to the Orangeburg County / Lexington County line and the closest towns are Swansea, Pelion, and North. There are no fire hydrants in the area and that would mean that all water used to fight fire would have to be brought in by tanker trucks. Tanker trucks mean drivers for each truck so most of the stations south of Platt Springs Road and west of SC 6 were involved. No one was found in the structure, so the firefighters just doused the flames for about an hour and dug through the debris that was smoldering until everything was cold out. Most of the fire personnel and equipment were being released from the scene by approximately 9:15 p.m.
The county hasn’t released the cause of the fire. It doesn’t appear as if anyone was injured as a result of the blaze.