Single-family home burns in the 4400 block of Augusta Road Monday afternoon
Oak Grove, SC (Paul Kirby) – A single-family home caught fire and burned Monday afternoon just before 3:30 p.m. in the 4400 block of Augusta Road. This is in the Oak Grove community between Maple Road and Oak Drive. It is close to the Barnyard Flea Market.
The first arriving fire service personnel reported that there were smoke and flames showing from the small brick home that fronts the major thoroughfare. The battalion chief quickly reported that they would be closing Augusta Road as a part of their fire operations.
As more fire equipment began to arrive, the crews performed an initial search of the building while others began ventilating the home to allow heat and combustible gasses to escape. Eventually, teams attacked the fire from the interior while other personnel stood by outside to move quickly into rescue mode if something happened to the firefighters inside. The incident commander requested that the utility company be notified to secure the gas running to the home. A Lexington County EMS crew and ambulance were also on the scene assisting with firefighter safety and rehabilitation. Law enforcement officers were directing traffic and ensuring that no drivers tried to cross the fire hoses.
At just before 4:00 p.m. Monday, the home had been searched twice to ensure no one was trapped inside. Firefighters were getting a handle on the fire and tracking down residual hot spots in areas like the attic by opening the home’s ceilings. They were using mechanical ventilation fans to clear the home of gasses and heat. The battalion chief in charge called the fire under control at about 4:10 p.m.
All the occupants of the home have been accounted for. We have not heard if anyone was injured or what caused the fire. We will update this story as we receive more information.