Moncks Corner brush fire a close call for some homes

Published: Mar. 7, 2013 at 9:27 PM EST|Updated: Mar. 8, 2013 at 4:34 AM EST
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source: Corey Davis
source: Corey Davis

BERKELEY COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - Some Moncks Corner homes were dangerously close to going up in smoke as a brush fire swept through several acres of woods.

Emergency crews responded to the area of Riverspine Lane off Cypress Gardens Road.

David Washington lives down the street and said "I see this big ball of smoke, dark, real dark coming up."

Donnie Dean Deputy Chief of the Pimlico Fire Department said a debris fire may have started the blaze which burned 4 acres of woods.

No homes were damaged, but the fire crept a few feet away from what could've been a disaster for a family who wasn't home at the time. The house was spared, but the fence and other parts of their yard will have to be replaced.

Dean said, "We believe a debris fire started a woods fire which turned into a car fire."

When firefighters arrived on scene the smoke was thick and a shed in the woods was in flames. It belongs to neighbors living at 513 Riverspine Lane. Fire also destroyed an old Volkswagen Beetle parked in the woods.

Heavy black smoke and a lot of debris made it difficult for firefighters to get in and put the fire out.

Moncks Corner Rural, Whitesville and Pimlico fire departments all worked to stop the flames from further spreading.

Dean said, "We had 2 engines on scene, 3 brush trucks and approximately 25 people helping."

The State Forestry Commission also worked to put out small pop up fires. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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