Firefighters still watching hot spots at Holly Hill scrap metal facility fire
HOLLY HILL, SC (WCSC) - Emergency crews are continuing to battle hot spots at a scrap metal dealer in Holly Hill Saturday, more than 24 hours after a massive fire was reported.
At 11 p.m., firefighters said they continued to work two hot spots at Don's Car Crushing in the 1100 block of White Sand Road. That's where a fire said to have flames shooting 100 feet into the air was first reported at approximately 4 p.m. Friday.
Teddy Wolf, the director of Orangeburg County Fire Services said at least 30 different agencies are helping to assist in the fire.
"We have been here on site battling this blaze here since that time yesterday afternoon," Wolf said.
Wolf said crews could be working the fire for two to three days. The smell of smoke and the sound of fire engines are things the business may be used to by now.
"This is our third major fire that we've had, similar to this," Wolf said on Saturday. Wolf also said there have been smaller incidents at the location in the past.
Along with the firefighters, Red Cross volunteers like Kathleen Tyler are also on the scene to provide support to firefighters.
"Snacks, water, coffee—anything they need, we're here to provide it," she said.
Volunteers came as soon as they heard of the fire. They've had different shifts working around the clock. The volunteers were armed with a lot of food and plenty of water.
People from the Holly Hill community also decided to chip in.
"We brought 80 Chick-Fil-A sandwiches and 10 pizzas," Holly Hill resident Mason Harris said.
Firefighters said were appreciative, and so was Tyler, who said the Red Cross was ready to stand by the firefighters for as long as they needed.
Investigators still don't know what caused the fire at Don's Car Crushing. No injuries have been reported and fire officials said they were able to protect the buildings near the fire from being damaged.
State Highway 453 remained closed Saturday because of the fire.
Moncks Corner Rural Fire Chief Scott Lee says Dorchester County requested all tankers in Berkeley County to respond.
Residents in the surrounding areas, including St. George and Eutawville, reported seeing the huge plume of smoke Friday afternoon.
"I was driving home from my job in Eutawville and saw the smoke all the way from there in town," said Hannah Reben who took pictures of smoke in the sky.
Holly Hill Police reported State Highway 453 was closed because of the fire and advised drivers to avoid the area if possible.
Witnesses reported flames shooting 100 feet into the air and smoke visible for miles.
One viewer captured drone video of crews responding to the fire Friday afternoon.
The tower of smoke from the fire was large enough to register on weather radar Friday afternoon, according to the National Weather Service office in Charleston.
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