Fire put out at vacant downtown Charleston home

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Firefighters snuffed a downtown Charleston house fire Friday afternoon on Amherst Street.

The Charleston Fire Department says the fire started at 1:36 p.m. in a home at 61 Amherst Street, which is near Hanover Street. Dozens of people reported seeing the smoke from the fire from miles away.

The home is vacant and police say it was boarded up. Authorities say the homeless sometimes stay in the home. No injuries were reported. Houses in the area of the fire were evacuated as a safety precaution.

Some power lines caused issues with battling the fire, officials say. Amherst Street was closed between Meeting Street and Hanover Street for a few hours as crews worked to clean up the damage.

Investigators plan to go back in the home to try and figure out what caused the fire.

The Charleston Fire Department, St. Andrews Fire Department, Charleston County EMS and Charleston police all responded to the call.

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