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Three-alarm house fire leaves nothing but rubble behind

Rubble is all that remains after the home was consumed by fire. Source: Lisa Gresci Rubble is all that remains after the home was consumed by fire. Source: Lisa Gresci
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    One person was injured in a large, three-alarm fire at a house in the North Litchfield area Wednesday night.Midway Fire Rescue responded to the fire shortly after the call came in at about 9:51 p.m. A three-story single-family raised beach house was fully involved in fire, and there were initial reports of explosions, according to Midway Fire Chief Doug Eggiman.More >>
    One person was injured in a large, three-alarm fire at a house in the North Litchfield area Wednesday night.Midway Fire Rescue responded to the fire shortly after the call came in at about 9:51 p.m. A three-story single-family raised beach house was fully involved in fire, and there were initial reports of explosions, according to Midway Fire Chief Doug Eggiman.More >>
GEORGETOWN COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - A three alarm fire on Cole Drive in north Litchfield Beach Wednesday night left a three-story home in nothing but rubble.

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Neighbors who live nearby described what they saw as an inferno.

"It was blazing extremely high, and it looked extremely hot," Adam C. Jones said.

"Flames up every side, from the basement - you couldn't even tell what the house looked like, all you could see was fire, and smoke last night," Jack Sullivan added.

Sullivan, his father-in-law, Adam Jones, and their wives come to their second home several times a year.

The family says they didn't see or hear anything out of the ordinary when they got home around 8 p.m. Wednesday night, until they went to bed about an hour or so later.

"We thought we were hearing thunder - kept rumbling noise, and I finally got up and asked my wife, what is that?" Sullivan explained.

The family soon realized, it was no thunderstorm they were hearing.

Midway Fire Rescue Chief, Doug Eggiman, says they got the call around 9:51 p.m.

"...and  I pulled the shades back and saw the fire truck across the street, and we came outside and saw the home totally engulfed in flames, from the basement all the way to the third floor," Sullivan said.

Many neighbors didn't realize the couple and their dog were inside the home because they say it's a second home to the family.

"I'm surprised they were, but I'm thankful they were able to get out," Jones said.

"Seeing someone get out of that, that inferno is just really amazing," Sullivan added.

Eggiman says the woman is currently recovering from smoke inhalation at the Grand Strand Medical Center.

The only intact part of the home is the front stairs, and firefighters say if the conditions weren't so damp, the wind would have taken the fire with it, and spread it to other homes.

The home next door, now evacuated for the time being, could have gone up in flames.

Chief Eggiman says crews honed in on that home and hosed it down as they worked for about 45 minutes to get the three-alarm blaze next door under control.

Eggiman says the fire was so large, the call actually came from the street behind Cole Drive, because neighbors could see the flames over the tall trees.

Though the hot spots were watered down until about 4 p.m. Thursday, Eggiman says some walls of the homes collapsed overnight, and because the home is elevated, they've since had to take the safety of the neighborhood into their own hands.

"You know, the biggest concern with it being adjacent to another structure, you don't want collapse to where, you know somebody who's either working to repair the siding of the other structure, or walking in between the structures, could get injured," Chief Eggiman explained.

Right now this fire is still under investigation, however, Eggiman says the damage is so severe investigators may not be able to pinpoint what caused it.

Eggiman urges others to take this fire as a reminder to always check their home's fire alarm system, and make sure people have a fire safety plan for their family.

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