Emergency crews extinguish fire at W. Ashley apartment complex

Picture of when fire was at its peak.
Picture of when fire was at its peak.

WEST ASHLEY, SC (WCSC) - Emergency crews have extinguished a fire at the Moss Creek apartment complex in West Ashley. The Charleston Fire Department and St. Andrews Fire Department responded to the apartment complex fire at 6:45 a.m. Friday morning.

Red Cross officials say they assisted 23 adults and nine children who were affected by the fire and anticipate the number to grow.

Corporal Lt. Bowie with the Charleston Police Department says the blaze occurred in one two-story building which contained 16 units. Part of the roof collapsed as a result of the fire. Fire officials say the fire damage was contained to the attic and four of the second floor units with water damage throughout the apartments.

One person was injured after jumping from a second story window of the burning apartment, Bowie says. The person was taken to the hospital with a leg injury.

The 1800 block of William Kennerty Drive had been blocked off to traffic, with all lanes leading into West Ashley Middle School blocked by fire trucks as well. Jason Sakran with Charleston County School District said classes at the middle school would still be going on as scheduled despite the traffic delays.

Live 5 Traffic Reporter Kim Staley arrived at the scene on William Kennerty Drive a little after 7 a.m. to find the fire had apparently been extinguished.

A witness on the scene says flames could be seen shooting up nearly 20-feet over the apartment before crews arrived.

Fire officials say the fire started within a second floor apartment and that the cause of the fire is under investigation.

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