Three South Carolina Firefighters Still Hospitalized After Wreck

Updated: 12-17-2006 03:18:57 PM

The Sun News (Myrtle Beach, South Carolina)

Dec. 16--Three Horry County firefighters remained hospitalized Friday, a day after their firetruck overturned while en route to a two-alarm blaze in the Finklea community.

Lt. John Volosin, 55, suffered a pelvic fracture and was listed in good condition at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston. Philip McElroy, 33, also at MUSC, was listed in fair condition, according to a hospital spokeswoman.

Firefighter M.J. Chaddick, 29, suffered from an orbital fracture and was listed as stable Friday afternoon at McLeod Hospital, according to a statement from Horry County Fire Rescue.

Firefighters from the Hickory Grove Horry County Fire Station were responding to a structure fire at 3716 Quail Creek Road when they lost control of the truck and overturned about 14 miles from the fire, near 6071 E. Highway 19.

The S.C. Highway Patrol was still investigating the cause of the crash on Friday, said Senior Trooper Sonny Collins.

He said no charges have been filed.

A fourth firefighter injured in the truck, Jason Dunn, 21, was treated and released Thursday.

Two other firefighters, Craig Covino, 46, and Lt. John Fowler, 46, were injured Thursday while fighting the Quail Creek Road fire.

Both men were treated and released from the hospital Thursday.

The two-bedroom home the firefighters were trying to save was destroyed, authorities said.

"The fire department ruled that the fire started in the kitchen, but the cause of the fire is undetermined," said Todd Cartner, public information officer for the Horry County Fire Department.

He said the cause remains under investigation.

Contact ALIANA RAMOS at 357-9520