Residents thankful to be alive after fire destroys Rutledge Ave. home

Before and after the fire.
Before and after the fire.

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Many residents on Rutledge Avenue were evacuated from their homes Thursday morning as a fire ripped through the neighborhood.

Firefighters were able to put out the blaze, but not before it destroyed one home, damaged two others and caused damage to eight cars.

"Everything is gone, all gone," said Trent Derrick who lives in the home that was destroyed.

Derrick and his roommates are forced to start over after a fire engulfed their home and two others early Thursday morning.

"I woke up and looked outside my window and there were flames everywhere, just kind of grabbed my roommate and hit the road," Derrick said.

The fire started around 4 a.m. at a home located at 247 Rutledge Ave. near the intersection of Bogard Street. It didn't take long for the flames to take over.

"I was asleep when Drew came to my door yelling fire, natural instinct was too get out," Derrick said.

Luckily, no one was injured in the fire, but the home is destroyed.

"We've ordered a backhoe and dump truck on standby so if it does collapse we'll have emergency vehicles on stand-by," said Mark Ruppel  with the Charleston Fire Department.

The three men who made it out of the home are thankful to be alive, even if they are empty handed

"We just darted out, didn't think about it," Derrick said.

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