The first weekend of 2019 was a busy one for the Burton Fire District, which responded to 18 emergencies, including six motor vehicle collisions and a house fire, from Jan. 4-6. Four of the six car crashes resulted in injuries.
Burton firefighters responded to the first crash with injuries just before 4 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 4, on Joe Frazier by Burton Wells Road. The two-vehicle collision resulted in two occupants suffering minor injuries and traffic on Joe Frazier was delayed for over 30 minutes.
Burton and Beaufort/Port Royal fire departments responded to the second crash with injuries just before 5 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 5, on Trask Parkway near Roseida Road. One driver, with potentially serious injuries, had to be rescued from this three-vehicle collision. Traffic on Trask Parkway was delayed for almost an hour.
Burton firefighters responded to their third car accident with injuries just after 6 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 5, at the intersection of Laurel Bay and Mroz. This two-vehicle collision resulted in one occupant suffering what appeared to be non-life threatening injuries. Burton responded to the fourth crash with injuries just after 7 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 5, on Parris Island Gateway. This two-vehicle collision resulted in one occupant suffering what appeared to be non-life threatening injuries.
Just before 5 a.m. on Sunday, Jan. 6, Burton, Beaufort/Port Royal, and MCAS Beaufort firefighters responded to a house fire on Glaze Drive in Burton. Initial reports stated four people were possibly trapped inside. Firefighters arrived to find fire coming from the roof of the single-family home. Firefighters searched the home under heavy fire and heat conditions, but no one was home at the time. The fire was quickly brought under control but took over an hour to fully extinguish. The fire is under investigation but believed to be unintentional. Red Cross is assisting the family.