DANIEL ISLAND, SC (WCSC) - Multiple fire engines and firefighters were called out Monday night to battle a blaze that shut down two businesses on Daniel Island.
Charleston city firefighters were called out after 2:30 a.m. to a building in the 800 block of Island Park Drive where flames were reportedly shooting from the roof up to forty feet in the air.
Deputy Chief John Tippett says one incident commander took charge of the scene calling all the shots to ensure the safety of everyone involved. Crews responded to the fire with five engines, three ladders and a total of more than 40 firefighters. One incident commander handled the scene from a makeshift command post in a car.
"There's always one incident commander. Everybody else works to support the incident commander. The incident commander's job is to look out for the safety of personnel," Chief Tippett said.
Since the massive Sofa Super Store fire three and a half years ago, the fire department has changed its tactical and command methods.
The deputy chief says after the incident commander surveyed the scene and the truss style roof of the building, the commander decided against an interior attack of the fire. The roof collapsed about 20 minutes after crews arrived, but no one was in harm's way.
"The initial crews arrived. They did their assessment. They started to do an interior attack which is a normal course after we do a risk assessment and the incident commander arrived," said Chief Tippett."He saw that the fire was more advanced than they observed. He Ordered everyone out of the building based on his interpretation of the fire being in the attack or roof space already."
Parkwood Pediatric Group and Crescent Moon Orthodontics were located in the building, both businesses now a complete loss.
"Our patients, our practices, the group in the community that supports the practice and all of that is intact. No one was hurt. All of those are the most important things," Crescent Moon Orthodontics owner Michael Zetz said.
North Charleston and Berkeley County also sent units to the scene. The fire department expects an extensive investigation to determine the cause of the fire.