NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Seven families are homeless Wednesday morning after a fire at a North Charleston condominium building, but thanks to the heroics of two individuals, they are all alive and well.
The fire happened Tuesday afternoon just before 4 p.m. at Woodhill Place off Rivers Avenue. No one was hurt, but without the help of two good Samaritans, things could have turned out much differently.
Tara Prince and a male witness saw the smoke and flames coming from the condo. They pulled over their car and ran into the burning building.
"I got out of the car and started running back and we called 911," Prince said.
Prince says saving a life was the only thing on her mind.
"We started knocking on all the doors getting everyone out of the apartments," Prince said. "And people came out with kids."
Three adults and one baby were inside.
"I was breathing in the smoke as I was knocking, but I was more worried about getting kids and people out of the apartments," Prince said. "I had my hand over my face so I wasn't breathing in the smoke."
Prince said the roof caved in about five minutes after they called 911.
Firefighters worked several hours to put out all the flames. The cause of the fire is still under investigation. No other buildings in the complex were damaged.