Last evening, at 2042 hours, Midway Fire Rescue was dispatched to 838 Norris Drive for a reported residential structure fire. The caller reported that the fire started in the chimney, there is a lot of smoke and they were attempting to extinguish the fire with a fire extinguisher. Midway Fire Rescue crews arrived quickly with Engine 811 arriving first confirming smoke from a raised 3 story ocean front beach house. The engine crew started investigating and confirming all occupants were out of the structure. The crew made entry encountering smoke and fire conditions in the chimney area and wall behind the chimney. The crew stretched an attack line and started to attack the fire but the fire had advanced into the walls of the structure. Immediately after arrival, conditions rapidly deteriorated as fire broke through the wall on several floors and extended into the attic creating a heavy smoke condition throughout the structure. Battalion Chief 83 arrived on location setting up Norris Drive command. Chief 2 arrived on scene and assumed command and placed Battalion 83 as operations. Chief 3 arrived on scene and assumed the role as safety chief. Command struck a second alarm minutes after arrival bringing in mutual aid to the scene and for coverage of the district. Chief 1 arrived on scene and took command of the incident, putting Chief 2 as operations and Battalion 83 as interior. Ladder 831 and MIGC Ladder 78 provided access and egress through ground ladders and their aerial ladders. Several hand lines were stretched and crews from multiple departments fought to contain the fire. Ventilation was successfully performed to improve operating conditions. The fire was placed under control at 2155. Extensive salvage and overhaul operations were completed with most units clearing the scene by 0005 hours. Ladder 831 remained on scene with Inspector 1 to assist with the investigation. All units were clear of the scene by 0055 hours.
All companies worked well together and got the job done without injuries to civilians or firefighters.
Command: Chief 1
Operations: Chief 2
Interior: BC 83
Safety: Chief 3
Engine: 811, 821, 841, GCFE E-110
Ladder: 831, MIGC L-78, HCFR L-1, Georgetown City T-17
Medic: 825, 835, GCFE 10
Georgetown County BC93
Georgetown County Sheriff’s Office
Surfside Fire, Georgetown City Fire, and MIGC also provide station coverage while the fire was being fought.
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