HHI firefighters extinguish three house fires in seven hours on Monday

HHI firefighters extinguish three house fires in seven hours on Monday
Palm View house fire (Source: Hilton Head Island Fire)
Palm View house fire (Source: Hilton Head Island Fire)

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, SC (WTOC) - Hilton Head Island Fire Rescue had a busy Monday, securing three fire scenes in seven hours.

Thankfully, no one was hurt at any of those fires, including emergency personnel.

The fires took place on Kingfisher Street, Palm View Drive in Hilton Head Plantation, and off of Thomas Cohen Drive.

The Thomas Cohen Drive call came in just before noon on Monday, but the day was just starting for some of the department's firefighters. Around 6 p.m., another call came in from Kingfisher Street. Fortunately, residents were able to get that fire out. Still, firefighters did a thermal scan of the nearby walls to make sure it was all the way out. Less than a half hour later, yet another call came in - this time from a home inside Hilton Head Plantation. Some firefighters who responded to the first call at Thomas Cohen were still on shift for the third fire, so that took some shuffling around of those firefighters to make sure they stayed safe, too.

"We monitor their vital signs, so we make sure that they are still good and they can continue to fight fire, and we ended up sending a crew out and bringing a fresh crew in so that we could keep the people rotated and not put a lot of stress on their bodies," said Joheida Fister, HHI Fire Rescue.

Crews say the fire at the Palm View home started around a water heater in the attic.

'I know that the smoke detector was activated in both of the bigger fires that we had yesterday, so you know, make sure you have smoke detectors. We are happy to come check them and put some in if people need those," Fister said.

Investigators say all these fires were accidental. American Red Cross is helping out the displaced family from Thomas Cohen Drive. Beaufort County was called in to help cover calls during the busy day.

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