Conway Woman Killed In Blaze

Posted on Sep 15, 2010
   A late-night blaze in Conway that killed a woman in her mobile home may have been prevented if a nerby fire station had been manned at the time. The fire occurred about 10:35 p.m. Tuesday at 7050 Firehouse Rd., according to Horry County Fire Rescue. Firefighters saw smoke and flames upon their arrival, they said.

   Angela Cannon, 51, was found dead of smoke inhalation, said Horry County Coroner Robert Edge. She was also undergoing treatments for cancer, he said.

   A volunteer fire station at Kates Bay Rd. about a half mile from the home was unmanned at the time of the blaze, according to Fire Rescue Chief Gary Alderman. Conway firefighters were first to the scene, he said.

   HCFR is "stretched too thin," Alderman explained, adding that "volunteerism is a dying thing all over the U.S., not just here."

   "It's unfortunate that (Kates Bay) station didn't get out," he added. "I have 32 stations and 18 are career (staffed full-time). When you have more than 1,000 square miles, unfortunately we don't have the funding to put people at every station. We'll never know if having that station manned would have helped her or not," Alderman conceded.

   The fire began in the master bedroom, and investigators are trying to determine the cause.