CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Charred wood, melted bed springs and burnt clothing is all that's left of the home Anthony Aiken stayed in at 13 Nunan Street on Thursday afternoon. The house has been in his family for 40 years until a fire left it unrecognizable. But he says the truth of what happened is buried in the homes ashes.
"I don't know who did it but it's the destruction of what they did," says Aiken. "You can see what happened."
Aiken says hours before he was told his house was burnt to the ground, he was awakened by a cinder block crashing through his front door.
"Someone picked this up," said Aiken, recreating the action. "They come on the porch, pick it right up and then boom."
Then he says another cinder block smashed into the door as he was trying to wake up his cousin who also stayed at the home.
"I heard it, I was inside," says Aiken. "I heard a voice... It yelled nobody home."
"It was like a blink of an eye," says neighbor Jaretta Davis. "And it was on fire like wow."
Another neighbor, Stephan Aiken says he saw the same thing.
"Young kids from 13 to 14 year olds, young kids," says Aiken. "One second there was no fire and the next second it's a huge fire."