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Three structure fires have fire service hopping Thursday morning

Lexington County, SC (Paul Kirby) – The Lexington County Fire Service was busy all morning Thursday jumping from structure fire to structure fire fighting house fires. All of the structures were heavily involved when the first firefighters arrived. Every one of these fires was south of I-20 in the Red Bank, Swansea, and Sharpe’s Hill areas.

The first fire was in the 300 block of Jeff Sharpe Road between Sharpe’s Hill, Swansea, and Pelion. The call regarding the fire was received at approximately 3:00 a.m. The home was fully involved on arrival of the first units. There was no one in the residence when the firefighters pulled up and began their attack. Fire service personnel were still at the house at 4:00 p.m. Thursday assisting investigators from the LCFS and the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department as they worked to determine the cause of the fire.

The second fire was in the 100 block of Rawl Street in Red Bank. That fire was reported at approximately 6:10 a.m. and was in an abandoned house. It was also fully involved on arrival of the fire service. Firefighters say that the structure was destroyed, and they estimated that the value of the old home was about $10,000. According to Harrison Cahill, spokesman for Lexington County, it is believed that the fire started from vagrants trespassing. There were seven units from the fire service on scene and 19 personnel.

The third fire was in the 300 block of Redmond Chavis Road near Swansea. That call was received at around 6:30 a.m. The house was approximately 40% involved on arrival of the first fire truck. Firefighters said that this was a small home that was about 1,100 square feet and all the people fled the residence by the time that the first fire service personnel arrived. The fire did over $70,000 in damage to the home. The American Red Cross was called to assist the displaced family. It is believed that the fire started around a space heater that was in use at the time. In total, the fire service had 12 units and 20 people on scene at the height of the blaze.

As the trucks and personnel went from call to call, the fire service duty officer was notified, and he began moving trucks around to cover empty stations. The duty officer is notified if both of the county’s battalion chiefs are committed to incidents. One of that officer’s responsibilities is to make sure that all areas of the county have fire protection.

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