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Fireworks frenzy: Busy Fourth of July leaves six homeless in Columbia

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Fireworks frenzy: Busy Fourth of July leaves six homeless in Columbia

Tue, July 9th, 2024

Fire-Spangled Banner: Fourth of July Celebrations Turn Fiery

The holiday spirit revved high on the Fourth of July in Columbia, South Carolina, until fireworks-induced blazes translated into a grim reality for six citizens of the Northeast Columbia community. A house on Fernview Drive fell victim to a ravaging inferno allegedly caused by fireworks, leaving its inhabitants bereft of shelter.

Rallying the Rescuers: Columbia Fire Department’s Busy Night

The Columbia Fire Department spent an exhaustingly busy holiday, addressing 68 emergencies within a span of nine hours. Among the predominant calls, fireworks-related incidents led the pack. Besides structural conflagrations, the department dealt with rampant grass and wood fires, along with flare-ups in dumpsters.

Extinguishing the Extravaganza: Fireworks Wreak Havoc

The Torchbearer of the department, Chief Aubrey Jenkins, confirmed that the source of the Fernview Drive fire was fireworks. However, the actual person or party responsible for igniting the fireworks remains unidentified. An adjoining house also suffered significant damage due to the same fire.

Apart from these structural calamities, the department was summoned to six building fires, almost thirty grass and tree fires, and four dumpster fires, all within the day’s chaos

Understaffed Yet Undeterred: Chief Jenkins on Firefighting

In spite of the department’s stretched resources during such busy nights, Chief Jenkins emphasized the paramount importance of staffing. He affirmed the necessity of having all trucks in service to guarantee prompt response times.

Fire Safety: Forethought over Fireworks

The enthusiasm for fireworks quickly turned into devastation for several Columbia residents who lost their homes this Fourth of July. Hence, Chief Jenkins passionately advocates for safety when dealing with flammable objects. He further urged the public to ensure complete extinguishment of such items before discarding them, to help prevent potential flare-ups – a small act which could save big on destruction.

After Effect: Columbia Community Recovers

As Columbia recuperates from the jarring consequences of the fireworks frenzy, the community’s experience serves as a stark reminder of what a celebration without adequate precautions could entail. The focus now, as the community rebuilds and regroups, is on fire safety and education.

For those affected by the fiery disaster, the road to recovery may be long but with shared resilience, the path becomes less daunting. As for Columbia, the memory of this Fourth of July will linger, a chilling reminder of the thin line between joyous celebrations and tragic consequences.

Published July 9th, 2024



Fireworks frenzy: Busy Fourth of July leaves six homeless in Columbia

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