Beaufort News

Five blazes keep Lowcountry firefighters busy

Area fire departments had their hands full dealing with five separate fires Sunday across southern Beaufort County.

Town of Hilton Head Island Fire & Rescue Division crews put out four fires, according to a division spokeswoman.

Crews were called out for the first time at about 9:30 a.m., when a crash at the intersection of William Hilton Parkway and Wilborn Road resulted in a small vehicle fire, according to division spokeswoman Joheida Fister.

About two hours later, at 11:38 a.m., crews responded to a boat fire at Palmetto Bay Marina at 86 Helmsman Way. The fire was contained to the boat -- a 42-foot Jefferson Cabin Cruiser -- which was tied to a dock at the marina, according to Fister.

Although the cause of the blaze is still under investigation, officials believe it started in the main console of the boat, Fister said. The boat's cabin was severely damaged, she said.

Crews also responded to a brush fire on Thomas Cohen Drive at 12:15 p.m. and a Dumpster fire at 1 Mathews Drive at about 3 p.m., Fister said.

No injuries were reported in any of the incidents, Fister said.

Firefighters with Bluffton Township Fire Department also responded to a structure fire on Buck Island Road.

Crews received a call at about 9:30 p.m. Sunday about a fire at a home in the 200 block of Buck Island Road, according to firefighter Randy Hunter. The home, which was for sale by owner, was unoccupied and no one was hurt.

The house was completely destroyed by the blaze, Hunter said.

Fire officials are investigating the cause of the fire.