Fire in Seabrook destroys home

emoody@beaufortgazette.comDecember 14, 2013 

A home on Stagecoach Road in Seabrook was destroyed by flames late Dec. 13 into early Dec. 14.

ERIN MOODY — Staff photo

A home on Stagecoach Road in Seabrook was destroyed by flames late Friday night into early Saturday.

The cause of the fire was not immediately clear Saturday morning and Burton Fire District Chief Harry Rountree said he could not determine whether it was suspicious or not until personnel could safely get into the home and investigate.

The home was unoccupied at the time of the fire, and a neighbor called to report flames showing along the entire roofline of the two-story building. It was reported at 11:09 p.m., and when firefighters arrived on scene flames had broken a hole in the roof, Rountree said.

There is no public water in that are of Seabrook, so engines and tankers trucked it in from the closest hydrant at Whale Branch High School. Depending on the size of the hose and water pressure, water can be pumped out at up to 200 gallons per minute, Roundtree said. An engine can hold about 1,000 gallons and a tanker can hold about 2,000 gallons.

"One-thousand gallons can go pretty quickly, so it's important to use it carefully," he said.

The battalion chief initially responding recognized the location, and, realizing the geographic issues, put out a call for extra personnel and trucks, Roundtree said.

The fire was declared under control at 12:27 a.m.

"When they're big like this they take a whole heck of lot to put out, especially when they get a head start on you," he said.

Firefighters were able to safely remove a boat and a car stored in the garage.

Also responding was Sheldon Fote District, Beaufort/Port Royal Fire Department and Beaufort County EMS. Seven fire trucks and engines and 25 to 30 personnel assusted at the scene, Roundtree said.

Firefighters remained on scene until at least 2:30 a.m. and expected to be there longer.

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