Teenager escapes safely after West Ashley home catches fire

Photo source: Tracy Amick, WCSC
Photo source: Tracy Amick, WCSC

By Tracey Amick  bio | email

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - A West Ashley home on Berwick Circle caught fire about 11:00 a.m. Wednesday in what fire crews described as a large blaze.

Mark  Seifstein got a call from his son, who was home alone at the time.

"He said dad! dad! the house is on fire the house is on fire!," said Seifstein.

His son made it out safely, but he's not sure about all their pets.

"An Italian greyhound, a beagle...a schnauzer that stays with us sometimes and a couple of cats... all rescues...I've seen 2 dogs but haven't seen my cats yet," said Seifstein.

Public information Officer Mark Ruppel says it was a collaborative effort, with City of Charleston, St. Andrew's and north Charleston Fire Departments all working together.

"The guys did a tremendous job getting this fire under control," said Ruppel.

It only took about 20 minutes to get the fire under control, even after a temporary evacuation of fire crews after the safety officer had concerns about a floor collapsing. After everyone was accounted for and the situation was reevaluated, fire crews finished putting the fire out.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation, but likely started on the third floor.

And while their house may be destroyed, Seifstein says they still have a lot to be thankful for this Thanksgiving.

"I'm thankful for the quick response of the fire department to get there as quick as they did...no human life lost," said Seifstein.

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