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Residents suffer burns in Saturday Effingham fire

July 29, 2018 GMT

EFFINGHAM, S.C. -- Two people were injured and a couple of birds died in a Saturday morning house fire.

Howe Springs firefighters responded about 7:30 a.m. to a structure fire on Megan Road in the Evergreen Community, said Fire Chief William Dillon.

The two occupants of the home suffered burns as a result of the fire and were transported for treatment by medics with Florence County EMS to a Florence area hospital, Dillon said.

Dillon said several birds in the home didn’t survive but firefighters were able to save one bird and one dog.

“The bird was free in the house and our firefighters were able to capture it and bring it out safely,” Dillon said.

Firefighters also located a dog and worked with oxygen and water for more than 15 minutes to resuscitate it before it started breathing normally on its own, Dillon said. By the time firefighters left the dog was running around the yard playing.

Howe Springs responded two engines, two tankers, a service rescue vehicle, Dillon said. They were assisted at the scene by medics with Florence County EMS who initially sent a second unit to stand by for firefighter safety after the first unit transported the residents, Dillon said.

Dillon said the cause of the blaze was under investigation but didn’t appear to be suspicious. The home suffered heavy damage.

No firefighters were injured in the blaze.