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Structure Fire in Heritage Lakes

June 14, 2014 – At approximately 5:00pm, the Bluffton Township Fire District was dispatched to 11 Allyan Court for a possible structure fire. Engine 323 arrived on scene an reported light smoke was showing from the exterior. Battalion 3 arrived on scene and reported a working incident. Engine 323 encountered heavy heat and no visibility on the second division and were able to make a knock on the fire. The fire was in the void spaces on the second division which required a lot of opening up walls and pulling ceilings. Due to the outside temperature and the labor intensive work that needed to be done, crews were rotated through rehab for their safety. Personnel on scene also did an extensive amount of property conservation by moving furniture and personal belongings in the garage. Furniture that could not be moved was covered with salvage covers to protect it from water damage. Crew were on scene for approximately 4 hours checking for hot spots and two personnel were assigned to maintain a fire watch. No injuries were reported and the cause of the fire is being investigated by the BTFD Fire Marshal’s Office. Units on scene – Engine 323, 320, 326, Truck 375 Service 365, 301, and Battalion 3. Special Call - Engine 321 and 325 to the scene and Hilton Head Fire and Rescue Engine 3 transferred to Station 33 for stand-by. The BTFD were also assised on scene by Beaufort County EMS and the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office.

BTFD Responsed to accident with Heavy Entrappment

The S.C. Highway Patrol has identified the five people injured in a fatal, four-vehicle wreck midday Thursday.

The drivers of a 2000 Mack truck, 43-year-old Chesley Carter of Beaufort, and a 2009 Lexus SUV, 69-year-old Howard Kravitz of Bluffton, were transported to Memorial University Medical Center in Savannah following the wreck. Carter's truck had overturned, coming to rest on top of the Lexus in an embankment off the intersection of Fording Island and Buck Island roads shortly after 11:30 a.m., according to Senior Trooper Hannah Wimberly.

The passenger of the Lexus, 65-year-old Anne Kravitz, was killed in the wreck, according to Beaufort County Deputy Coroner David Ott. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Following the accident, rescue workers from the Bluffton Township Fire District, Hilton Head Island Fire & Rescue Division and Beaufort County EMS worked for hours to free the three occupants from their vehicles.

A red 1986 Mercedes Benz convertible and white 2014 Honda SUV also were involved in the wreck.

The convertible's driver, 78-year-old Glenn Sloan of Bluffton, and passenger, 53-year-old Christine Matthews of Bluffton, were also transported to Memorial University Medical Center.

The driver of the Honda, 69-year-old Roy Turner of Bluffton, was transported to Hilton Head Hospital.

Three of the injured were airlifted due to the severity of their injuries, Ott said.

Howard Kravitz, Sloan and Matthews were in fair condition Friday, according to hospital spokesman Michael Notricia, who did not have information on Carter.

Turner's condition was not immediately available from Hilton Head Hospital.

Wimberly did not release additional information on the accident, citing the ongoing investigation.

Busy Afternoon for BTFD

Two people were injured Friday afternoon in a two-vehicle accident at the intersection of U.S. 278 and Simmonsville Road in Bluffton, according to police.

Moments earlier, two people were hurt one mile west in a wreck at the highway's Buck Island Road intersection, said Capt. Joseph Manning of the Bluffton Police Department.

The cars involved in that wreck came to a rest in the same embankment where a Mack truck overturned on a Lexus SUV on Thursday, killing a Bluffton woman and injuring five others. The S.C. Highway Patrol released the names Friday of the five people injured in Thursday's wreck, which remained under investigation.

Later Friday afternoon, a three-car wreck on Okatie Highway left five people injured, two of them requiring hospitalization, according to Manning.