A violent fire that broke out at Gamble Brothers & Archer Clinic this weekend has left the longtime healthcare center in ruins.
Greenville Fire Department Chief Ruben Brown said the fire broke out between 9:45 p.m. and 10 p.m. Saturday.
“Once we got on the scene, there were initially six companies that responded to that location and once on scene, heavy fire and smoke were coming from the building,” Brown said. “Over a course of minutes, we made an interior attack to extinguish the fire.”
Brown said the original part of the old building was a challenge to extinguish flames in due to the different levels of roofing, which attributed to the fire spreading rather quickly.
Bolivar County, Cleveland, Leland and Riverside fire departments were called for mutual aid and to assist in the firefight.
According to Brown, the fire was brought under control between 7:30 and 8 a.m., but the fire continued to have hot spots throughout the day.
“We’re still currently there on scene hitting hot spots and the fire is currently under investigation,” Ruben said Sunday evening.
Brown said the fire marshal and the investigator’s crew should arrive sometime Monday morning to get an early start of going through the rubble and debris to try and determine the cause of the fire.
During the battle to extinguish the flames, Brown said one of the mechanical trucks malfunctioned, causing some firefighters to seek medical attention.
“In the process of fighting the fires, one of the ladder trucks had a mechanical malfunction,” Brown said, noting he and three others on the ladder at the time it happened.
Two firefighters were in the firetruck bucket and the other was at the base with Brown.
Brown described the malfunction as something of a “runaway train” as the ladder was moving clockwise at a high rate of speed and smashed into an energized power line.
“Two of the personnel in the bucket were transported to Delta Regional Medical Center for medical attention,” he said, noting both have since been released.
Later, Brown said, another firefighter reported he was experiencing chest pains and was transported to DRMC. He was checked and later released as well.
Officials from Delta Medical Group released a statement which says they are saddened to see the fire and loss to the Gamble Brothers & Archer Clinic.
In order to ensure patients’ medical needs are met, Delta Medical Group is setting up a temporary option while it has already begun the process for a more permanent solution.
Patients of Dr. Barbara Ricks, Dr. Deepall Kale, Patti Hemphill, CFNP, Barbara Adams, CFNP and Bridget Satterfield, CFNP who have any immediate needs or appointments should go to the King’s Daughters Hospital main entrance, across the street from the clinic, located at 305 S. Washington St.
Temporary clinic space is available and patients will be directed to their appointments. There will be representatives onsite to help answer additional at the appointments.
To speak with a representative, patients should call 662-344-9100 during business hours to reschedule their appointments or provide additional answers.