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Fire does heavy damage to home in town of Swansea

Swansea, SC (Paul Kirby) – Lexington County firefighters responded to and extinguished a fire in a single-family home in the 700 block of North Brecon Avenue in Swansea Wednesday afternoon. This is close to Southbound Road or Hwy 321 south.

The fire was reported at about 4:40 p.m. When the first fire crews arrived, they saw heavy smoke coming from the home. As more firefighters arrived, they attacked the burning home that was classified as a working fire. Both of the on-duty battalion chiefs responded to the fire and this brought out the duty chief. He moved trucks around to cover stations and areas whose equipment and personnel were committed to the fire. This is standard operating procedure when the battalion chiefs are both committed to calls.

According to Harrison Cahill, spokesman for Lexington County, it appears as if the fire may have started in the yard. It then spread to a shed and eventually the porch and attic of the home.

It took about an hour for the teams to bring the fire under control. The home was damaged to the point that the residents are not able to stay there. The utility company responded and disconnected the electrical service from the home. The battalion chief who was in command of the scene requested the assistance of the American Red Cross for them.

We will update this story as more information becomes available.

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