UPDATE: Two-Story home burns near Red Bank Saturday morning, fire is now out
Red Bank, SC (Paul Kirby) – A house fire that was dispatched just after 10:15 a.m. Saturday had firefighters and other emergency personnel rushing from all over central Lexington County to put it out. It is reported to be in the 200 block of Mockingbird Drive off Mockingbird Circle in the vicinity of the Land of the Lakes subdivision of Red Bank. This is off Old Orangeburg Road.
When the first fire engine arrived on the scene from the county’s Red Bank station, the crew reported flames and heavy smoke leaping from the roof of the home. As additional teams arrived, they began a fire attack and connected a supply hose to a hydrant nearby. Both Lexington County battalion chiefs arrived and one assumed command of the fire scene. As the fire intensified, the decision was made to have the firefighters back out of the house and use the tower truck from Lexington as well as larger ground hoses to attack the fire from outside. This is usually done because the fire has gotten to the point that an interior attack is deemed unsafe for the men and women fighting the blaze.
As of 10:45 a.m., a fire marshal had arrived and was assisting as he could with managing the fire ground. Another on-call officer was working to move equipment around to fill empty fire stations so that the entire county would be protected. At that point, there were trucks and manpower from Red Bank, Lexington, Pine Grove, Corley Mill, Boiling Springs, South Congaree, Oak Grove, Round Hill, and several other stations on scene. EMS was also assisting the firefighters rehab. This fire was reported under control at 11:31 a.m. Most of the fire equipment was either back at their station are leaving the fire scene by 12:30 p.m.
Photos by: Michael Erickson