Lexington home known by many native Lexington residents destroyed by fire Sunday night
Lexington, SC (Paul Kirby) – A home just next door to Hudson’s Smokehouse BBQ on Sunset Boulevard (Hwy. 378) in Lexington was destroyed by fire Sunday night. The fire was dispatched just before 8:30 p.m. and fire and police officers arrived in minutes to find a raging inferno. The fire was first dispatched at Hudson’s Smokehouse BBQ but was quickly changed by dispatchers to the home to one side of that well-known business. Property records indicate that this had been the home of Mr. George Gable, Jr., a man many say was an “old Lexington” hold-over who lived a quiet life with his family there when Sunset Boulevard was the country. By Monday morning, social media was buzzing as many recalled buying farm-fresh eggs from Mr. Gable with their families and seeing him do some simple farming on the adjacent land before tens-of-thousands of commuters came by each day as they do now.
Ladder 30 out of the county’s Corley Mill Fire Station was first on the scene. By the time they arrived, flames and smoke were billowing through the roof of the home. In short order, more manpower and equipment arrived from Lexington, Irmo’s North Lake Fire Station, Oak Grove, and several other county stations. An EMS crew and supervisor were also there to assist the firefighters in staying safe and healthy. The first arriving battalion chief reported that the home seemed to be abandoned, a fact later confirmed by Lexington County via Twitter. He said that by his estimate, 70% of the home was already burning. At this point, all firefighting operations were defensive and firefighters were kept outside until a large 5-inch supply hose could be run across Sunset Boulevard to a fire hydrant. The firefighters then could begin gaining headway on the blaze.
Several truck-mounted ladders went up and began dumping water from above while handlines manned by crews on the ground poured it on from outside. Lexington police officers began the process of closing Sunset Boulevard completely because of the emergency vehicles and the hose across the road. Eventually, the fire was brought down to a more manageable size and fire crews entered the home to ensure no one was trapped. Once it was cleared, they continued to use their hoses and ladder-mounted nozzles to apply water until the fire was marked under control at approximately 9:12 p.m. Sunset Boulevard remained closed for some time more while firefighters searched for hot-spots and completely put out the fire.
Lexington County has said that no one was injured during the fire, and as of Monday Morning, they had not determined the cause. No estimated dollar figure was given for the loss.