Lexington, SC (Paul Kirby) – Firefighters from multiple Lexington County fire stations responded to a working structure fire on Freedom Drive off Cedarcrest Drive in the town of Lexington Sunday. The fire was in the 100 block just a few hundred feet from the Cedarcrest intersection. Responding units reported heavy smoke showing even before arriving on the scene. Lexington police officers were also on location assisting. The call was dispatched by the county’s 911 center just before 1:30 p.m.
The first police officers and fire crews that arrived reported heavy smoke and flames showing. A spokesman for Lexington County reported that approximately 50% of the home was burning when firefighters arrived. As additional fire equipment pulled up, the North Region battalion chief took command. The second battalion chief from the South Region also responded bringing out the on-call duty chief. He began moving equipment and manpower to empty stations to provide protection for area’s whose trucks and manpower were already committed to the fire. The incident commander immediately asked that the appropriate utility company respond to disconnect the power. One police officer also reported that a horse was running loose in the area, apparently as a result of the blaze. The Lexington County Sheriff’s Department is responsible for livestock calls and they were notified.
At 1:53 p.m., the fire was marked under control. This doesn’t mean the fire is out. It indicates that it is no longer growing in size and firefighters begin moving into another phase of the operation. They ensure that all hot-spots have been extinguished and do what is known as the salvage and overhaul work. This involves searching for hidden fire, removing items and contents that have been destroyed, and protecting what’s inside the structure that hasn’t been ruined from any further water or smoke damage. At approximately 3:05 p.m., the fire was reported out and all fire equipment was leaving the scene. The American Red Cross was notified to assist the displaced family.
Police were keeping people out of the area during the fire unless they live nearby. It is too early to estimate any damages, and the county has not released a cause. Harrison Cahill, spokesman for the county, said no one was injured during the fire. Because the home is in Lexington, they will be doing the followup.