County firefighters endure the cold to battle a house fire on Bethany Church Road near Edmund on Monday evening

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Edmund, SC 01/18/2022 (Paul Kirby) – Firefighters in the central and southern regions of the county endured cold temperatures to fight a house fire on Bethany Church Road Monday evening. Temperatures had struggled out of the 30s by midday on Monday, but by the time the blaze was reported just before 8 p.m. ambient temperatures were plunging again and the cold was exacerbated by a strong wind that had been blowing all day.

Firefighters from Lexington County’s Edmund Fire Station were the first on the scene and their reports say they found a single family home with flames and smoke coming from its eaves and roof . Moments after this crew arrived, other fire companies and their crews began arriving on the scene and an interior fire attack was mounted.

The first battalion chief marked on the spot and he began to establish the fire ground command structure which would organize the arriving resources by task. There were fire attack teams, another performing a primary search for anyone trapped, equipment operators establishing a reliable water supply and another team staggering the house to ventilate above the fire once that she had been ordered to do so by order. Traffic quickly became a problem on the two-lane rural road as there were several fire engines at the scene there. The Incident Commander has asked the Sheriff’s Deputy to respond to help resolve this issue. In no time, it all came together and the carefully choreographed effort brought the fire under control.

Mid-Carolina Electric was asked to step in to disconnect the house from its power so firefighters wouldn’t work in water and other conditions that could have become energized. Once done, the crews moved into a rescue and overhaul phase ensuring the fire would not reignite later.

The house was rendered uninhabitable by fire. The cause and origin have not been disclosed at this stage.

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