Irmo, SC (Paul Kirby) – The Irmo Fire District quickly extinguished a small house fire in the 1400 block of Lake Murray Boulevard Wednesday morning. Although the home is uninhabitable at this time, it’s still standing and may be repairable.
The call regarding the fire came in during the morning commute. Irmo police officers arrived quickly and reported that smoke was coming out of the home. The home’s resident had already escaped and was safe in the yard.
The first fire engine arrived from Irmo District’s North Lake station. They began an aggressive fire attack that had firefighters go directly into the burning home. It was originally thought that the fire hydrants were across Lake Murray Boulevard. If they had put a large supply hose across that busy thoroughfare, it would have been shut down. Apparently, firefighters found one on the same side of the street and laid a large hose into the fire to establish their water supply. Within a matter of moments, the interior crews had knocked the fire down bringing it under control.
Irmo fire crews were assisted by trucks and manpower form the Lexington County Fire Service, the City of Columbia Fire Department, Lexington County EMS, and officers from the Irmo Police Department. Captain Courtney Dennis of the Irmo Police Department said that fire equipment had several lanes of Lake Murray Boulevard closed but traffic was still slowly flowing.
The American Red Cross was called to assist the resident of the home in recovering from the fire. They provide some clothing to the displaced resident. They also will help with short term housing in a local motel or hotel.