Photos show storm damage as Lugoff Fire-Resuce fights fires, aids cleanup

Lugoff crews help a homeowner on Park Drive in Lugoff remove storm debris after a tree fell on the resident’s roof and pick-up truck. SUBMITTED BY LUGOFF FIRE-RESCUE

Powerful thunderstorms that swept through the area kept Lugoff Fire-Rescue busy Thursday, from about 3 p.m. and into the evening.

Crews were called to U.S. 601 close, near the Richland County line, to douse a yard fire that threatened a residence. Units arrived to find very heavy, black smoke coming from the area around two sheds and an acre of burning woods. Flames were being fanned by moderate winds. The crews worked to stop the fire from reaching the home.

Nonetheless, the fire spread quickly into the woods, engulfing six acres before brush trucks and the S.C. Forestry Commission could contain the fire. Crews from Doby’s Mill, Blaney, Pine Grove, and Columbia fire departments also were involved in stopping the fire. The resident was home but was not injured.

At about 4 p.m., the National Weather Service in Columbia issued a severe thunderstorm warning for northwestern Kershaw County, while crews were still fighting the woods fire. Some members were released to cover the Lugoff District with the storm approaching. Crews ran eight separate calls during the storm, with power lines down and trees falling into the roadway and onto other power lines.

Crews from Pine Grove and Lugoff fire departments, as well as the Kershaw County Sheriff’s Department, blocked roadways to protectdrivers from downed power lines until utility companies from Fairfield Electric and Duke Progress could secure them.

Just after 5 p.m., Lugoff crews were sent to Lachicotte Road near Bradley Street for a downed power line at a home with smoke seen by neighbors coming from the roof. Crews arrived to find light smoke coming from the attic and a strong smell of burning wood around the home. A power line into the residence had been pulled away from the home by a falling tree limb, sparking a fire beneath the home. Fire damage was contained there, however, with some smoke damage inside the home and attic.

Nonetheless, Lachicotte Road was closed from fire trucks and a large-diameter hydrant line for over an hour. Crews from Blaney, Pine Grove and Columbia assisted. Crews left the scene around 6:45 p.m. and no one was at home at the time of the fire.

Lugoff crews cleared all calls from the storm at about 11 p.m. Firefighters surveyed the Lugoff Fire District on Friday morning to find other damaged areas and homes from the storms to include a home and vehicle severely damaged from a falling tree on Park Drive in Lugoff. Lugoff firefighters assisted the homeowner on Park Drive to clear the driveway and yard from the debris so a vehicle could be removed and used in the

“It got to the point where I asked myself ‘what is going to happen next?’ Three more severe storms later I got my answer,” Lugoff Chief Dennis K. Ray said in a news release. “We were glad to see the storms move off so we could recover and re-load our trucks to get back to normal operations.”

He thanked the other departments for their assistance.

“Our resources in Lugoff were quickly stretched to the limit with numerous calls for service in a short period of time from a combination of the fast-moving woods fire with a home threatened on 601 to the storm damage then the house fire on Lachicotte,” Chief Dennis K. Ray said in a news release. “Everyone pulled together and worked very well making sure all the calls were answered. There were no injuries during all the events, even in the extreme heat and storm dangers.

“We are very thankful for that.”

Lugoff Crews work a house fire Thursday on Lachicotte Road in Lugoff, caused by a storm-damaged power line. SUBMITTED BY LUGOFF FIRE-RESCUE
Lugoff crews help a homeowner on Park Drive in Lugoff remove storm debris after a tree fell on the resident’s roof and pick-up truck. SUBMITTED BY LUGOFF FIRE-RESCUE
Lugoff crews help a homeowner on Park Drive in Lugoff remove storm debris after a tree fell on the resident’s roof and pick-up truck. SUBMITTED BY LUGOFF FIRE-RESCUE

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