Area firefighters battle pair of holiday weekend blazes

A local firefighter targets hotspots inside a two-story residence on Augusta Highway that caught fire last Friday. (Staff photos by Tony Baughman)

 

The Batesburg-Leesville Fire Department and the Lexington County Fire Service shared a busy weekend heading into Labor Day, tackling a residential structure fire and a brush fire that potentially threatened nearby homes.

On Friday, Aug. 30, both departments, Batesburg-Leesville Police and other first responders responded to a multi-family structure fire at 6714 Augusta Highway, across from Oswald Wholesale Lumber near the fork at Highway 23 and U.S. Highway 1. Personnel from Dominion Energy also were on scene to cut power to the burning building.
Vehicular traffic was blocked in both directions as firefighters cleared the upstairs of a former commercial property that had been converted to a residence. No one was injured in the blaze, and the American Red Cross is assisting with care for those displaced.

On Sunday afternoon, units from Batesburg-Leesville, Lexington County Fire Service and the South Carolina Forestry Commission responded to a woods fire off Fairview Road.

Firefighters entered the brush, which had burned several acres, and forestry personnel with heavy equipment dug a fire line around the blaze to prevent it from threatening residences adjacent to the woods. The fire was contained by early evening Sunday.

From Staff Reports / Posted September 10, 2019