Fire guts Ember Lane home

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Firefighters battle Wednesday blaze in blazing heat

By Reece Murphy

Fire consumed the home of a Heath Springs couple Wednesday, June 11.


Bell Town, McDonald Green, Heath Springs and Lancaster County firefighters responded to the mobile home fire at 7538 Ember Lane at 12:53 p.m. 

Ember Lane is located off Cedar Creek Road (S.C. 97) just south of the Liberty Hill community near Lake Wateree and the Lancaster/Kershaw county line.

No one was injured in the fire and firefighters were able to bring the blaze under control within a matter of minutes. 

Still, the fire gutted a large portion of the 1,488-square-foot doublewide’s interior with smoke and water damage extensive throughout.

Lancaster County Emergency Management Deputy Director Darren Player said the incident report indicated the fire appeared to have started in the living room beside a couch. 

The source of the fire was as yet undetermined, but does not appear to be suspicious.

Homeowner Pamela Whitaker and husband Johnny were not home when the fire started. The home was insured, Pamela Whitaker said. 

Blazing temperatures

Lancaster County EMS was also at the scene to closely monitor the physical condition of firefighters.

While it’s routine, such “rehab and rehydration” during a fire becomes much more important for firefighters during near 100-degree weather such as Wednesday’s. 

Temperatures inside a firefighter’s triple-layered, 45- to 65-pound protective turnout gear can be as much as 20 degrees higher than their surroundings.

With the southeastern United States stuck under a ridge of high pressure, weather forecasts show the baking heat and humidity will continue to be at uncomfortable levels, with a few storms likely popping each afternoon, perhaps one or two, on the strong side. 

The extended weather forecast through Wednesday, June 25, is almost a mirror image with high temperatures in the 90s and lows of about 70 degrees each day.   


Contact reporter Reece Murphy at (803) 283-1151