Fire leaves North Charleston couple without their home

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NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Investigators say they still don't know what caused a North Charleston house fire. It happened in the 7700 block of Picardy Place, in a neighborhood off Ashley Phosphate Road.

Firefighters worked quickly to control the blaze. Neighbors watched as the fire destroyed about 30% of the home. North Charleston Fire Department arrived on scene at about 11 o'clock in the morning.

"Upon arrival they reported smoke showing, so firefighters went in and extinguished the fire. The fire is now out and under investigation," NCFD spokesperson Bianca Sancic said. "I have six fire apparatus on scene. The fire took about 20 minutes to bring under control."

Investigators remained on scene to monitor hot spots, and they walked in and out of the home as they investigated the cause. Investigators figure out how the fire started by moving from the least burned area to the most burned area, pinpointing the origin can then help determine the cause.

Fire experts say in the cold months of December, January, and February, there is a spike in the number of fires started by small heating appliances, so use precaution by following the manufacturer's instructions.

"Keep the space heater away at least three feet from anything that's combustible, clothing, curtains, boxes, laundry, people, pets, all those things. Also when you go to sleep turn it off. When you leave the room turn it off. Make sure that it's constantly attended. It's like putting a candle in the room," Sancic said.

The Red Cross says it is providing assistance to a family of two who lived at the home. The Red Cross has helped 41 victims who have been displaced by a fire since the New Year.

Safety advocates warn residents to double check smoke alarms and have an escape plan ready in case of a fire. There were no injuries to report from the incident and firefighters say the family was not home at the time.

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