NORTH CHARLESTON (WCSC) - Several families are homeless following a an early morning apartment fire in North Charleston.
The North Charleston Fire Department responded to a blaze at the Hampton Oak Apartments, located at 6600 Rivers Avenue just down from Trident Technical College, around 5:15 a.m. The 400 building was evacuated and crews began working to put out the fire.
According to the fire department, 16 apartment units were damaged in the blaze and 13 families are receiving assistance from the Red Cross.
"Everything that any person would need from day to day I had with me," said William Buchanan, who was staying with his sister after moving to Charleston just hours before.
"Two suitcases. A duffle bag. My laptop. Gone. Everything just gone."
Matthew Murdaugh, another resident affected by the fire, walked away with nothing more than the clothes on his back, a wallet, and his keys. Despite the loss of personal items, Murdaugh told Live 5 News, he was just happy to make it out safely.
"I had people out on the scene, they were like why are you so calm and I'm like well, there's nothing you can do at this point," he said. "That fire had already taken over the apartment. There's no sense in stressing about it."
CARTA was on scene to take families to Stall High School for shelter and a warm breakfast.
No injuries were reported in the fire.
This is the second fire at Hampton Oaks in the past 24 hours. Crews were called out to a small, unrelated fire in the bathroom of a unit in the 700 building Wednesday around 2:30 p.m.
Both fires are under investigation.
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