Crews investigating cause of fire at historic Broad St. home

Crews work fire at historic Broad St. home
Source: Scott Lake
Source: Scott Lake

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Authorities are working to determine the cause of an early morning fire at a historic building in downtown, Charleston.

According to Consolidated Dispatch, the Charleston Fire Department was called out to a fire at 67 Broad Street shortly after 7:50 a.m. Firefighters arrived to see smoke billowing from the building.

The fire brought under control at 8:05 a.m., 8 minutes after firefighters arrived on the scene.

Firefighters say the blaze began in the third floor attic space of the building, and flames were visible upon arrival. The third floor suffered fire damage, while the first and second floors had water and smoke damage.

The residence is under renovation, and no one has lived in the building for a while, officials say.

According to a release, people in the area first noted an odor and haze of smoke around 5 a.m., but could not locate the source.

Broad Street between Meeting and Church were shut down as crews worked Friday morning to contain the fire.

According to a real estate website, the first two floors of the 8,000-plus square foot building are reserved for office space, with an apartment on the third floor.

No injuries were reported.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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