JAMES ISLAND, SC (WCSC) - According to the James Island Fire Department, a paraplegic man and his caretaker were taken to the hospital after an early morning blaze ripped through their James Island home Saturday.
According to fire officials, the wife of retired Charleston Fire Chief Rusty Thomas, was jogging in the neighborhood when she noticed a house on Clark Sound Circle on fire.
An off duty Mount Pleasant firefighter and a James Island resident arrived at the scene before firefighters and took action to rescue two people trapped in the burning house. Both were taken to the Medical University of South Carolina and are being treated for smoke inhalation.
City of Charleston Public Information Officer Mark Ruppel says it took 25 minutes for firefighters from James Island, Charleston and St. Andrews Fire Departments to get the flames under control.
James Island Fire Department Battalion Chief Richard Rodgers says the fire began somewhere in the garage. However, officials still have not pinpointed an exact cause of the blaze.
Battalion Chief Rodgers says half of the house is destroyed along with partial damage to a neighbors home.
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