The overturned fire truck down an embankment along Pleasant Grove Road. (Nov. 11, 2013/FOX Carolina)
The destroyed home along Pleasant Grove Road. (Nov. 11, 2013/FOX Carolina)
MARIETTA, SC (FOX Carolina) -
All three firefighters have been released from the hospital after a fire truck overturned in Pickens County Monday morning en route to a house fire that arson investigators are looking into.
On Tuesday, officials with emergency management said, the three firefighters are expected to make a full recovery.
Troopers reported the crash happened along Pleasant Grove Road near Moody Bridge Road about 4:45 a.m. in Pumpkintown.
Troopers said the tanker truck driver swerved to hit a deer and the truck ran off the road, overturning. They said the driver was airlifted to Greenville Memorial hospital.
Chuck Haynes, director of emergency management for Pickens County, said a Pumpkintown Volunteer Fire Department tanker truck was headed to a structure fire about 1 1/2 miles away when it overturned along a curve.
A total of three firefighters onboard the truck were also injured in the crash, including one who was entrapped and had to be rescued from inside, according to authorities at the scene. Haynes said the firefighters did not have life-threatening injuries.
According to Ray Cassell with the Holly Springs Fire Department, they were called to the house fire to assist Pumpkintown crews, and when they arrived, the fire had already consumed nearly the entire home.
Cassell said no one was home at the time of the fire and several other departments were called in to assist. Firefighters had the fire out except for some hot spots by 7:30 a.m., though the blaze destroyed the home.
Bill Alexander, chairman of the board with Pumpkintown Fire Department, said the home was for sale and empty, so arson investigators have been called in to help with the fire investigation.
He said if they determine it was arson, the suspect(s) could also be liable for the truck accident.
Michael Hayes, Pickens County risk manager, said they do not think it is an arson case but want to rule everything out because the wreck involved injuries.
He also said the 2,000-gallon tanker truck is a total loss. The truck was the main tanker for the volunteer fire department, so nearby fire departments will be on stand-by to serve as back-up should a major fire occur, according to Hayes. He said the department does have other trucks capable of fighting fires.
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