An early morning fire has left two people seriously injured in Burton.
According to the Burton Fire District, firefighters responded to a house in the 500 block of Joe Frazier Road in Burton just before 1 a.m. Saturday.
Burton Fire Captain Dan Byrne tells WTOC when crews arrived, there was smoke and flames coming from inside a single wide mobile home, with 2 victims on the front lawn.
Officials say the male victim sustained serious injuries and his fiancé sustained life-threatening injures.
Burton Fire said someone pulled the woman out of her window and she woke up with difficulty breathing.
Both were taken to the hospital.
WCSC-TV CBS 5 Charleston
Firefighters believe a fire started inside a room at an assisted living facility due to bullets put inside a toaster oven, police said.
Greenwood police, firefighters and emergency services officials were called to Morningside Assisted Living facility around 9 p.m. Sunday for a fire alarm and reports of gunshots, officers said.
Officers found a small fire inside a resident's room, according to police.
One person was found unconscious, officers said. That person was taken to the hospital and treated for smoke inhalation, officers said.
Police believe the fire started because the resident put several rounds of ammunition into a toaster oven. That caused the ammunition to discharge, making employees believe they heard gunshots, police said.
Firefighters put out the fire quickly.
No one else was hurt.
WYFF-TV NBC 4 Greenville
Four people have been displaced after a fire sparked at their West Ashley home Friday afternoon.
Charleston and St. Andrews fire crews responded to the 1300 block of White Drive at around 2 p.m.
Kendra Parson, the daughter of the homeowners, said they were talking inside the home when they noticed smoke in the front room.
When her nephew went to his room, he saw a fire had sparked. The family then evacuated the home and asked neighbors to call 911.
Parson said her parents have lived at that home for over 40 years, and the house is a total loss.
“The house was, like as a kid, your playground, right, with so many different compartments,” Parson said. “You see stuff like this on TV, and you just don’t think it will happen to you. You’ll be like, ‘Oh, man, poor family,’ and now, it’s you, so it’s – we got time to make new memories, though.”
WCSC-TV CBS 5 Charleston
VIDEO: Horry County Fire Rescue just hired dozens of new employees — and now is looking to hire even more people to keep up with growth.
Horry County Fire Rescue spokesperson Tony Casey said every station is seeing an increase of calls and they are in need of more people. Casey said so far, HCFR has had more than 67,000 calls, which is more than 2020’s record-breaking 63,000 calls.
“It’s a busy organization,” Casey said. “A lot of people getting into this career are looking for that and we have it for them. We have parts of our county that are just constantly running calls.”
Casey said areas like Aynor and Carolina Forest are growing and the department is staffing up where it’s needed. He said they’re able to hire more people due to the SAFER grant, which fully covers paying of a new fire class for three years.
WBTW-TV CBS 13 Florence
One family in Richland County, and another family in Kershaw County are seeking assistance by the American Red Cross after their homes were damaged by fires Thursday.
One family’s home is located in Watermark Place in Columbia, near Riverbanks Zoo and Garden off Greystone Boulevard, and after the fire they are in need of clothing, food, shelter, and referrals for resources. The American Red Cross says the family includes three people.
The other family, according to the American Red Cross disaster-trained volunteers, includes two people in Camden who experienced a home fire on Lyttleton Street, near Camden High School Thursday afternoon.
The American Red Cross also says the holiday season is a good time to prepare and brush up on fire safety. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact communities, the American Red Cross says celebrations could be different this year, as well.
WIS-TV NBC/CW 10 Columbia