OSHA drop citations from N. Charleston fire

The home on Purity Drive, where the fire occurred. (Source: Ricky Saldana)
The home on Purity Drive, where the fire occurred. (Source: Ricky Saldana)

NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has agreed to drop citations issued against the North Charleston Fire Department after three firefighters were hurt in a 2010 fire on Purity Drive.

Attorney Sandy Senn said Wednesday the citations filed by OSHA in September 2010, which claimed the department put their men in a dangerous situation, were overturned after mediation.

Chief Greg Bulanow said, "After an extensive investigation into the North Charleston Fire Department's response to the July 5, 2010 Purity Drive incident and descriptions of our continued safety efforts, OSHA has concurred that no citations were warranted."

"We will continue to be steadfast in our duties to ensure the wellbeing of the citizens of North Charleston and their property, as well as the safety of the brave, dedicated men and women serving in the North Charleston Fire Department."

Senn added, "North Charleston Fire Department is a very well run organization and in dropping the citations OSHA has ultimately done the right thing. Sometimes firefighters get injured through no fault or flaw of the employer. It's a dangerous job and it takes a special person to do it."

The 3 injured firefighters were all treated and released from the hospital not long after the incident.

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