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Home in Red Bank/White Knoll area of the county heavily damaged by fire Friday morning

Red Bank/White Knoll, SC 02/04/2022 (Paul Kirby) – A single-family home was heavily damaged by fire early Friday morning. The call for assistance came in shortly before 9:30 a.m. from the 200 block of Foxhall Drive off Foxborough Boulevard. This runs off South Lake Drive near Bluefield Road. This is in an older, well-established neighborhood that features hilly terrain and large lots. Many of the homes in the area are two-story.

Shortly after Lexington County’s 911 dispatched the initial response, a first responder from Ft. Jackson who was in the area came over the county’s fire channel to report that smoke and flames were pushing out of several sides of the home. His report and size up allowed the county’s responding chiefs to begin formulating their plan of attack before they arrived on scene.

Once Lexington County Fire Service personnel and equipment began arriving, they began assembling teams to enter the burning home and attack the fire. Those first crews were met by high temperatures and heavy smoke as they tried to advance their hoses inside the home. A command structure was established and the first ladder company to arrive was assigned to begin a primary search of the home to ensure everyone had escaped.

It took several separate teams with handlines to fight their way inside and advance to the second division to fight the fire. Another team began searching the home for anyone that may have been trapped inside. The residence had multiple pet cats and the fire crews were eventually able to locate them and bring them out of the house.

Working together, the firefighters were able to bring the blaze under control in about an hour. As some of the team members began picking up hoses and reloading equipment on their trucks, others continued to man the handlines to knock out any final hotspots ensuring the fire would not rekindle. All the firefighters were able to leave the scene around noon.

The home was left uninhabitable by the fire. The cause and origin had not been released by early Friday afternoon.


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