Four occupants were injured in a fast moving fire last week at their singlewide mobile home on Colonial Ave. in Burton. Initial reports from dispatchers stated that there were multiple injured people on scene.
The Burton Fire District was dispatched to a house fire in the 1900 block of Colonial Ave. just after
5 p.m. Burton firefighters arrived on scene and found smoke and flames quickly spreading through the mobile home. The occupants were all outside when firefighters arrived but all had sustained minor injuries. No smoke detectors were in the home.
Occupants stated they discovered the fire in the kitchen area when they saw growing flames in the area of the refrigerator. They quickly escaped through the front door and banged on the bedroom windows where the other occupants were located and who were subsequently able to escape through the window. All four occupants suffered minor injuries from smoke inhalation to lacerations. Three were transported to Beaufort Memorial Hospital by Beaufort County EMS. Firefighters were on scene for two hours removing hazards and assisting the residents.
The Beaufort County Fire Scene Investigation Team was called to the scene to investigate the fire. The fire has been determined to be unintentional although the exact cause is not known but believed to be possibly electrical in nature. Burton fire officials again remind residents of the importance of having working smoke detectors in your home.