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Residents displaced by house fire in Fairview Friday

Fairview, SC 04/16/2022 (Paul Kirby) – The residents of a home in the Fairview area of Lexington County were displaced by a fire Friday night. The fire was reported in the 300 block of Shumpert Hill Road near the intersection of Whiskey Road. The call for help came in shortly before 9:00 p.m. of Good Friday, April 15, 2022.

When the first arriving crews from the Lexington County Fire Service pulled in, they found the home was already well involved. Those firefighters pulled their hoses and set up to attack the blaze. Other crews had to make arrangements to set up a refill site some distance away from the fire to supply the fire trucks that were shuttling water to the scene due to lack of fire hydrants in proximity to the burning home. A special truck that is designed and equipped to help rehabilitate firefighters who have been working hard to fight a fire was also dispatched. That crew began assisting crews that had already been on fire attack get rested, hydrated, and back into shape to return safely to the fight again.

Because of the number of trucks being used in the water shuttle operation, many of the fire station in the southwest portion of the county were stripped of all their resources. One of the fire chiefs assigned to the fire began having trucks move from other portions of the county to some of the empty stations to cover those areas until the fire was out and their crews and equipment were ready to go again.

The firefighter fighting this fire were assisted by deputies from the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department and personnel from Lexington County’s EMS.

Although the firefighters did a good job of fighting the fire, the flames had such a head start when they arrived that it left the home uninhabitable. County employees contacted the American Red Cross who can assist that family until they’ve had time to process the loss and start the business of recovering from their loss.


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