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UPDATE: Child dies after mobile home fire near Sharpe’s Hill Tuesday afternoon

Sharpe’s Hill, SC 06/29/2021 (Paul Kirby) – A child was killed when a mobile home in the Sharpe’s Hill community was destroyed by fire Tuesday afternoon. Lexington County’s 911 Communication Center received the call regarding the fire at 12:08 p.m. The fire was reported on Golden Leaf Lane which runs between Aiken Craft Road and SC Hwy 6 near The Store at Mimosa Drive.

Firefighters from a number of stations across southern Lexington County responded to the fire. When the first unit arrived, they deemed the fire a working incident that would require substantial resources and effort to bring under control.

Callers had reported that someone was trapped in the burning home. The fire crews did locate an injured child on the scene that was quickly treated and transported by Lexington County EMS. According to Jessica Imbimbo, Lexington County's public information officer, the EMS crew originally asked for a medical helicopter to respond for transport but because of an extended ETA, the ambulance continued on to the hospital with the patient by ground.

Family and friends now say that a 10-year-old girl died at the hospital later Tuesday as a result of injuries received in this fire. Lexington County Corner Margaret Fisher has not yet released the child's name.

As with many fires in this portion of the county, tanker trucks were required to supply the water needed to fight the fire because there were no hydrants in proximity to the home. The trucks were used to shuttle water from the Joint Municipal Water and Sewer Commission’s hydrants on SC Hwy 6 to the home just down the road.

While the firefighters worked, a crew from Lexington EMS stood by to help ensure that all the firefighters were well hydrated as they worked in the oppressive heat. As of this writing, Lexington County had not reported any firefighters were injured as a result of their work battling this blaze.

Although the fire crews were able to bring the fire under control quickly, the flames had already wreaked havoc on the home before the first truck arrived. The home is being considered a total loss.

The cause of the fire has not been released at this point.


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