Fire Chief: "Suspicious" Summerville house fire under investigation

Crews investigating Summerville house fire

SUMMERVILLE, SC (WCSC) - Officials are investigating what is being called a "suspicious" early morning fire at a home in Summerville.

Firefighters with Old Fort Fire Department were called out to a 2-story home on Lakeview Drive in the Ashborough subdivision off Dorchester Road Wednesday around 11:10 p.m. When crews arrived the home was well involved.

Firefighters were able to put out the fire quickly, but were on the scene until around 2 a.m.

Old Fort Fire Chief Ed Genthert says neighbors reported hearing a loud "whoosh" sound at the time of the fire. Because the fire was so far advanced in size when firefighters arrived, the fire is being considered "suspicious."

Dorchester County deputies say a vehicle was spotted racing from the direction of the scene as authorities arrived.

Genthert says crews will return to the home during daylight hours to investigate a cause. They currently have some safety concerns on the second floor of the home.

Officials say no one was home at the time of the fire and no injuries were reported.

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