Crews respond to fire on Rutledge Avenue

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Charleston firefighters were called out to a house fire Thursday morning on Rutledge Avenue.

The fire broke out just before 4:30 am in the 700 block of Rutledge.

Our Mark Davenport spoke with a man who lives inside the home. He says the fire was in the second floor apartment, which is vacant. He and his dog were able to get out of the house safely.

Neighbors from nearby homes were evacuated as a precaution, but have since been able to return.

Charleston Assistant Fire Chief Raymond Lloyd said there is no reason to believe the fire to be suspicious. No word at this point on what may have caused the fire.

Rutledge Avenue past Cleveland Street were temporarily shut down as crews worked the scene, but roads have since been reopened.

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