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One Fatality in Early Morning Structure Fire at Historic Badham House

Post Date:10/27/2019 4:25 PM

At approximately 5:14 AM on Sunday, October 27, Dorchester County Fire Rescue received an alarm for a residential structure fire at 6188 Badham Drive in unincorporated Dorchester County near the Town of St. George.

Crews arrived on-scene in six (6) minutes and found the Historic Badham House partially collapsed and completely engulfed with fire and smoke.

Over fifty (50) first responders from Dorchester County Fire Rescue (DCFR), the Dorchester County Sheriff’s Office (DCSO), Dorchester County EMS (DCEMS), and the St. George Police Department responded.

The Badham House was the home of Dorchester County Councilwoman, Harriet Holman and her family. Councilwoman Holman, her husband Herman, and two family members were home at the time of the fire. One person has perished. The identity and cause of death are unknown at this time.

Councilwoman Holman was transported to Trident Hospital by DCEMS, where she was treated and released with minor injuries. No additional injuries have been reported.

The Historic Badham House is a complete loss.

Dorchester County Council Chairman, George Bailey asks the residents of Dorchester County to join him and “pray for and respect the privacy of the Holman family during this difficult time.”

Crews remain on-scene, working to extinguish hotspots.

The cause of the fire is under investigation by DCFR, the State Fire Marshal, and the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division.