SUMMERVILLE, SC (WCSC) - Dorchester County firefighters are investigating an early morning fire that destroyed a home near Summerville.
Officials say the fire started around 5:20 a.m. Monday in the 100 block of Patriot Place in the Ashborough Subdivision, just off Dorchester Road.
The homeowner says he smelled smoke, left the home with his wife and immediately called the fire department.
Officials say they believe the fire may have started in the garage and spread to the roof. Crews started battling the fire at the front door in an attempt to push fire out the back side. Then an explosion forced crews to take the defensive.
"As crews entered through the front porch, there was an explosion through the front door, out into the street," said Old Fort Assistant Fire Chief William Sullivan. "So, we pulled everybody out and it was strictly a defensive attack after that."
The fire is still being investigated and the cause of the explosion is unknown at this time.
"It was a life safety issue for our guys on scene," Sullivan said. "We didn't know what caused the initial explosion and if there would be any other explosions after that."
Old Fort and Ashley River Fire Departments worked together to put out the fire.