Swansea, SC (Paul Kirby) - Lexington County firefighters fought a structure fire in the 900 block of St. Matthews Rd. near Swansea High School Monday afternoon. Firefighters received the call just after 1:30 p.m. and the first fire truck and manpower were on the scene within 5 minutes of getting the call.
When the first firefighters arrived from Lexington County's Swansea Station, they found a small home with smoke coming out of the attic area. St. Matthews Rd. was quickly closed as the firefighters entered the structure to begin searching for the seat of the fire.
Law enforcement officers responded to help turn motorists around where the road was closed. Vehicles were not being allowed to travel along St. Matthews Rd. from the Swansea High School side toward Sandy Run and toward Swansea from Sandy Run at 2:00 p.m. Monday afternoon. It was reopened a short time later. A crew from the Aiken County Electric Cooperative was requested and responded to disconnect the utilities from the home.
Paramedics and EMTs from Lexington County EMS were also on the scene. They were on standby to ensure that everyone who was fighting the fire or was on the scene was both safe and in good health. The homeowner reported that there were some animals in the home and firefighters looked for those pets in order to move them to a safe place. In many cases, Lexington County’s fire equipment also has first aid and oxygen equipment available for pets onboard.
Approximately 15 minutes after arriving on the scene, firefighters reported they had the fire under control. They began searching for extensions to ensure that the fire had not spread any further. Some of the trucks and manpower that were still enroute were allowed to return to their stations.
We will keep you up to date on the status of this fire as we receive more information.