Dixiana, SC (Paul Kirby) – A camper fire in the 300 block of Lloydwood Drive spread to a vehicle, an outbuilding, and a nearby home Friday afternoon. The fire was reported just before 2:00 p.m. in the neighborhood close to the SC Farmer’s Market off Charleston Highway. Firefighters from Gaston, South Congaree, Sandy Run, and several other Lexington County fire stations responded as did a crew from the West Columbia Fire Department.
Responding firefighters could see a column of black smoke in the sky coming from the area of Lloydwood long before they arrived. When the first fire engine pulled up, they reported that the camper was fully involved, the vehicle was burning, and the fire had spread to the porch of the home. Firefighters pulled several larger handlines and began to attack the flames. The commander on the scene requested that a second alarm be struck that would bring more water tankers to sustain the water flow to fight the blaze. A fire truck and its crew from West Columbia also responded to help. When the battalion chief arrived, he quickly requested SCE&G come and cut the utilities to the home.
A woods fire in another portion of the county had several other stations and equipment tied up as well. Back on Charleston Highway, one of the trucks responding to Lloydwood ran up on an accident scene at Charleston Hwy. near Pine Ridge Drive. West Columbia’s tower truck was dispatched to the wreck to assist with anyone injured. The duty chief began moving trucks from various stations that weren’t on fires to cover areas that were stripped of their trucks and manpower by the emergencies. This ensures that all areas of the county have firefighters and trucks if another fire occurs. Calhoun County’s Sandy Run station even helped by moving a truck into Lexington County to help cover some areas.
An ambulance from Lexington County EMS was requested and transported one person from the scene. Another EMS unit was sent to the fire to standby for the safety of everyone on the scene.
The fire was reported under control at approximately 2:45 p.m. Neither the cause of the fire or the extent of the damage to the home has been reported by Lexington County as of this writing.