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House burns off Milton Way near Sharpe’s Hill

Sharpe’s Hill, SC (Paul Kirby) – A house burned on Milton Way in the Sharpe’s Hill area of the county Monday evening. The fire was reported just before 7:30 p.m. and brought firefighters and equipment from many of the stations distributed across southern Lexington County. Milton Way runs off Sharpe’s Hill Road over to Mimosa Drive. Because of a lack of fire hydrants near the home, tanker trucks were used to shuttle the water needed to fight the blaze.

The first arriving crew reported to their dispatch center that a significant portion of the home was involved when they arrived. Because most of the closest stations had already committed their first trucks and all their personnel on initial response, many of the closest tankers didn’t go enroute for lack of operators. The battalion chiefs responding realized this and requested additional tanker trucks respond from stations further away. Because of the extent of the fire, both battalion chiefs were tied up and this initiated a command page for the duty officer. He came out and began moving trucks from stations that weren’t committed to cover stations southeast of Edmund Highway whose resources were on the fire.

Eventually, firefighters were able to supply enough manpower and water to extinguish the fire. Much of the home was destroyed by the flames, heat, and water. The fire service has not said if there were any injuries as a result of the blaze. The cause and origin of the fire may not be determined until after daybreak Tuesday when a fire marshal can fully examine the remains of the home.

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