Cause of Mt. Pleasant house fire still undetermined

MT. PLEASANT, SC (WCSC) - Firefighters say they have not determined what caused a large house fire in Mt. Pleasant.

The fire happened Sunday night at a home on Ballast Point, which is located in a subsection of Rivertowne Country Club called "The Pointe."

Neighbors watched as flames engulfed parts of their neighbor's home.

Michael Krivohlavek said, "I looked outside and saw the fire blazing, saw the lights and saw a couple of people outside."

Krivohlavek then jumped down his flight of stairs and ran across the street to make sure no one was hurt.

Mt. Pleasant Fire Department investigators believe the fire started near a car in the garage around 8:30 p.m. They said two cars were destroyed. Flames then spread to the rest of the home.

Krivohlavek said, "Once everybody knew that everybody was ok, it just kind of got light hearted. A lot of people met the new neighbors and all that kind of stuff."

Julie Wilson just moved in last week and lives only a few feet away from the home that was on fire.

"Everybody was just so shocked, it happened so fast," said Wilson.

Wilson says she and her family weren't expecting a huge fire. At first she thought her neighbors were barbecuing.

"Then all of a sudden these flames started coming out of the garage and then the car started exploding. It was really scary," said Wilson.

Neighbors watched as flames went up the side of the 3 story home. Wilson says she heard explosions coming from the garage where two cars were destroyed.

"I mean it was horrible, I feel so sorry for these people but they were really calm about it. They got their kids out fast," said Wilson.

The family was at home at the time but was able to get out without any injuries.

None of the surrounding homes were damaged during the fire. We are told the family has made other living arrangements. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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