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Christmas Morning Fire Keeps Bluffton Crews Busy

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Dec 25, 2011 - Around 5:30am, A Bluffton Police Officer, while on patrol, spotted a mobile home on fire on May River Road. Upon arrival, Bluffton Twp Fire District reported a single wide mobile home, 50% involved. It took crews about 30 mintues to bring the fire undercontrol and remained on scene until about 8:00am cooling hot spots. The home owners were out of town at the time of the fire. The home is concidered a total loss and the cause of the fire is being investigated by The Bluffton Twp Fire District.

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Engine 324 and Truck Run Mutual aid in Hardeeville

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Dec 21, 2011 – Around 3:00am, Engine 324 and Truck 375 were dispatched for mutual aid in Hardeeville. Hardeeville Fire Dept was on scene with a working fire in a commercial structure that was attached to another. 302 (Deputy Chief Thompson) responded as the Staff Duty Officer. Upon arrival Engine 324 was assigned to help with fire attack and 302 was assigned as the Safety Officer. The Crew from the Truck was assigned, to the attached structure, to open up and check for extension. Due the insufficient water supply, the fire quickly spread through both structures. The Engine and Truck remained on scene for approx 3 hours. The fire is being investigated by SLED.

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Check Presentations

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December 20, 2011 - Today the Bluffton Firefighters' Cooking Team was able to present $11,000 to the families of Chloe Bredeson and Kimberly Zelalla. The money was raised during the 7th Annual Boston Butts fundraiser held at Katie O'Donald's on December 9th. The firefighters sold pork barbeque roasts and lunch platters, held a silent auction and cornhole tournament, and sold hand-painted ornaments and t-shirts. The firefighters would like to thank Katie O'Donalds and Golis Jewelers for their continued support.

Car in Lake
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Dec 7, 2011 – The Bluffton Twp Fire District was dispatched to a report of a car into a pond in the Sandy Point development. Upon arrival, witnesses pointed out the area where the car went in and 4 guys from Truck 375 entered the water to try and reach the car and were unsuccessful. The Beaufort County Sheriff's Dive Team was called in to assist. Engine 325 and Battalion 1 remained on scene to assist with recovery. The incident is being investigated by the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office..

Structure Fire in Pine Ridge
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November 16, 2011 – The Bluffton Township Fire District was dispatched around 4:00am to a reported structure fire on Heather Glenn Drive. Early information from dispatch was smoke and flames showing. 302 (Deputy Chief Thompson) arrived on scene first and confirmed a working fire involving a vehicle and the garage area of the residents. It took crews approximately 40 minutes to bring the fire under control. The fire is being investigated by the Bluffton Township Fire District and the Town of Bluffton Police Department.

Parking Lot Accident
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November 14, 2011 – Bluffton Township Fire District Engine 324 and Beaufort County EMS was dispatched to the parking lot of Wells Fargo for a reported vehicle accident. Upon on their arrival there was one vehicle that appeared to have lost control and ended up in the tree line from the parking lot. One person was transported to a local hospital.

A Busy Night for Shift 2
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November 12, 2011 – It was a busy night for Shift 2, starting the night off with a small kitchen fire in Sun City. Engine 324 arrived on scene and reported smoke in the residents. After making entry they found a small kitchen fire and quickly extinguished it. Battalion 2 held the Truck Company to assist with overhaul and returned all other companies. Two more possible structures were dispatched along with other medical calls then the night was finished off with a report of visible smoke inside Lowe's Home Improvement. Engine 323 arrived on scene and reported visible smoke in the building. Engine 323 and 325 entered the building searching for the source of the smoke. The crew from Truck 375 laddered the building and found an over heated HVAC unit. All Companies cleared and returned to service.

Structure Fire in sawmill Forest
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November 10, 2011 – Around 10:00am the Bluffton Township Fire District was dispatched to 38 Sawmill Forest Drive for a reported structure fire. Initial report from dispatch was the caller could see black smoke inside the residence. Beaufort County EMS arrived on scene first and reported a working structure fire. Smoke could be seen by responding units, as far away as Krogers on Hwy 278. Bluffton Township Fire District Truck 375 arrived on scene first and prepared to make an interior attack. Crews encountered heavy fire when they made entry into the structure and attacked the fire. It took approx 20 minutes to bring the fire under control. The Red Cross was called in to assist the residents. The fire is under investigation by the Bluffton Township Fire District and the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office.

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Crews Tackle Truck Fires
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October 28, 2011 – Around 7:30pm the Bluffton Twp Fire Dist (Shift 3) was dispatched to a reported structure fire in the 300 block of Buck Island Road. Engine 320 arrived on scene at 336 Buck Island Road and reported two large box trucks on fire. One of the trucks was against the building starting to extend in. The crew deployed two attack lines, one for each vehicle, and slowed the fire down until additional companies arrived. The trucks were loaded with laundry which made the extinguishment of the fires difficult. Part of Buck Island Road was closed during the fire. Crews remained on scene for approximately three hours. The Fires are under investigation by The Town of Bluffton Police Department and The Bluffton Township Fire District.

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Sprinkler System Contains Fire
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October 19, 2011 - Bluffton Township Fire District was dispatched, around 10:20pm, to the Hallmark Apartments on Malphrus Road for a reported structure fire. First arriving unit (Engine 323) reported nothing showing from the exterior of the building. After finding the fire apartment, they reported heavy smoke but the fire was extinguished by the sprinkler system. One family was displaced by the fire. Units remained on scene until representatives from the complex arrived.

Firehouse Tour
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Sept 16, 2011 – One thing that everyone enjoys are visitors at the fire house!

The kindergarten class from Okatie Elementary School stopped by Station 35 for a tour of the Firehouse. During their visit the children took a tour of the station, had an opportunity to see all of trucks and the tools that firefighters use and were treated to a little competition between FF Provo and FF Scianna donning their gear. Everyone had a great time that day! A special thank you to Okatie Elementary School's Kindergarten Class of 2024! Come back to visit us again!

MVA on HWY 170
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September 9, 2011 – The Bluffton Township Fire District was dispatched around 4:00am to Okatie Highway south of the Bluffton Parkway for a single vehicle accident with entrapment. Engine 324 arrived on scene and confirmed one person entrapped and one person ambulatory. It took Bluffton crews along with Beaufort County EMS approx 15 – 20 minutes to extricate the driver. Both patients were transported by ground to an area hospital. Hwy 170 was closed during the incident.

Dryer Fire at USCB
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Sept 6, 2011 – During the afternoon hours the Bluffton Township Fire District was dispatched to the USCB dorms for a reported dryer fire. Engine 324 arrived on scene and reported nothing showing and passed command so the crew could enter the structure to investigate. After investigation Engine 324 reported no fire and all companies were returned to service with the exception of E324 and the Truck Company.

Structure Fire on Simmonsville Rd
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Sept 5 , 2011 – Around 8:20pm the Bluffton Township Fire District was dispatched to a reported structure fire at 162 Simmonsville Road. The first arriving unit (Engine 320) reported a working fire with flames showing. Due to the location of the nearest fire hydrant, Simmonsville Road was closed for the duration of the incident. It took Bluffton crews about 30 minutes to get the fire under control. The Structure was an unoccupied mobile home and it was a total loss. Bluffton Township Fire District units remained on scene approximately 3 hours mopping up and taking care of hot spots. The fire in under investigation by the Bluffton Township Fire District and the Town of Bluffton Police Dept. No injuries were reported.

Structure Fire on Okatie Bluff
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Aug 27, 2011- Around 7 pm the Bluffton Twp Fire Dist was dispatched to a structure fire at 6 Okatie Bluff Rd. The first unit, Engine 322 arrived to find the fire at 2 Okatie Bluff Rd and reported a single family dwelling over 50% involved with flames already through the roof. Several small propane cylinders were on the back porch with flame impingement and one cylinder already venting. The initial response brought in three engines companies, one truck company, one squad and a Battalion Chief. Due to no hydrants being located in the area, the tanker from Station 31 as well as a tanker from Hardeeville was added to the alarm. This allowed water shuttle operations to be established and provide water for firefighting operations. A second alarm was requested for additional off duty firefighters to report to the scene for manpower. The fire was extinguished around 11 pm and firefighters remained on scene throughout the night to conduct overhaul operations as needed. One firefighter was injured, but was treated at the scene and not transported to the hospital. The scene was turned over to Beaufort County Sheriff Office for investigation.

 

Structure Fire on Spring Island
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Aug 1, 2011 – After a busy night of running calls due to a storm that passed through the Bluffton area, BTFD was dispatched Around 8:15am to a reported structure fire on Spring Island. When Engine 322 arrived on scene at the Goose Pond Rd residence, they reported a guest house that was already burnt down and almost out. It appeared that the small house was struck by lightning in the middle of the night and had burnt. Being that it is a long ways on the island and not many people live there year round, the fire was not noticed at night and a care taker for the house next door noticed the fire and call 911 that morning. Engine 322 was able to handle the small amount of mop up and canceled all other responding units.

MVA at Palmer Grace West and 278
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Aug 4, 2011 – Around 10:00am Bluffton Township Fire District Engine 324 was dispatched to a reported Motor Vehicle Accident with roll over. Engine 324 arrived on scene and reported a two vehicle MVA with one vehicle on its roof and four confirmed entrapped. With the size-up given, the response was up graded with the Truck Company, Battalion 2 and Engine 325. It took emergency crews a very short time to get all the occupants out of the vehicle on its roof. There were 6 Patients all together, transported to local hospitals with non-life threatening injuries. Hwy 278 was down to one lane west bound for about 45 minutes until the accident was cleared up.

Units on Scene- Engine 324, 325 Truck 375 with Squad 355, Battalion 2, Beaufort county EMS, Jasper County Fire and County Sheriff units.

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