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Officials: Early morning N. Charleston blaze began on front porch

The roof on fire. The roof on fire.
Huge flames Huge flames

Investigators are searching for clues as to what caused an early morning fire at a home located at the corner of Rock Street and Ashley Phosphate.

Fire department spokeswoman Bianca Sancic said fire crews responded to the scene just before 3:30 a.m.  First arriving units reported smoke and flames showing from the two-story wood frame residence at 7408 Rock Street.

Officials say the fire started on the front porch of the vacant home, where a number of chairs and couches were located. From there, the fire moved up the wall, and through the roof.

Responding crews had to shut down a section of Ashley Phosphate in order to battle the blaze. The road was reopened around 8:15 a.m.

This is not the first time the property has been damaged by a fire. Officials say the residence caught fire back in December, and it was never repaired.

There was one report of smoke inhalation by a neighbor.  That person was treated at the scene by EMS.  One firefighter was also treated for a minor ankle injury and released. 

An arson investigator is currently looking at evidence from the scene.

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