Irmo, SC (Paul Kirby) – A fire that consumed a room and its contents on the first floor of an Irmo home was quickly brought under control by firefighters from the Irmo Fire District, Lexington County’s Fire Service, and the City of Columbia Fire Department Sunday afternoon. The fire was reported at about 2:24 p.m. and was in the 300 block of Avery Place Drive. When the first trucks arrived, they found fire coming out of the home.
Fire trucks established a water supply and the firefighters entered the home advancing toward the fire. It had started on the first floor but had extended into the attic running up the wall. It had started in one room and its contents according to Battalion Chief Randy Arant. The first crews hit the flames with their fire streams and quickly brought the fire under control.
Other firefighters were working outside the home pulling parts of the siding off. A dormer on the second floor was involved by this point but crews were able to leader the home and make quick work of that. They also searched for hidden fire that could have rekindled later.
The interior teams were relieved by newly arriving crews who begin to ventilate the home, monitor air quality, salvage what hadn’t already been damaged by fire and water. They also pulled drywall where necessary to ensure there was no hidden fire.
Trucks and manpower from some of the other departments began to be released quickly after the fire was marked under control. Although the home was damaged, it was not destroyed.
The utilities were removed from the home for the purpose of safety. In its current state, it is uninhabitable.