Fire leaves North Charleston family without home

By Alan Campbell

NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - A North Charleston family was left without a home after their trailer caught fire earlier Wednesday morning.

The North Charleston Fire Department responded to calls of a trailer fire in the 7300 block off of Rab Drive. Calls to 911 dispatchers came in shortly before 4 a.m. as cars driving by on Interstate 26 said they could see the flames. When firefighters arrived on scene, the trailer was fully involved.

Amy Ogburn and her husband weren't home at the time of the fire. They were having some renovations done in their bathroom and had their water turned off as a result. They were staying next door at their daughter's house because their house was too cold.

"We were sleeping at our daughter's house and our neighbor started knocked just beating on the door, and he was screaming 'the trailers on fire, the trailers on fire,' " Ogburn said. "My husband and I got up and came running out flames were just shooting out the top of the trailer already."

The fire department told Ogburn she lost everything in the fire.

"All we have basically is just our clothes," Ogburn said.

Ogburn said she is thankful that no one was in the house at the time.

"Thank God none of us were there," she said. "Thank God nobody was in the house, that's the best part."

The cause of the fire is still under investigation and is not considered suspicious. The investigation has been turned over to the Charleston County Sheriffs Office.

There has been an increase in house fires over the last few weeks. Fire officials are encouraging everyone to be aware of anything that may easily catch fire in your home, especially since most of us are starting to turn up the heat during these cold days.

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