Official: Blaze started on balcony at Woodbridge Apartments

WEST ASHLEY, SC (WCSC) - An early morning blaze ripped through an apartment building in West Ashley Tuesday morning.

A spokesman for the City of Charleston Fire Department says an off-duty Berkeley County Sheriff's deputy was leaving for work, when he spotted the fire at the Woodbridge Apartment Complex.

City of Charleston, North Charleston and St. Andrews firefighters responded to the West Ashley fire around 4:30 a.m. on William Kennerty Drive, and Highway 61.

Fire officials say flames were seen coming from the roof of the 20 unit apartments when crews arrived on scene.

Authorities say firefighters were evacuated out of the building due to the growth of the fire and a partial roof collapse. Officials say it took firefighters an hour to get the blaze under control.

According to officials, 12 apartments suffered roof damage from the flames and several other apartments suffered water damage.

The Charleston Fire Department Fire Marshal Division says they believe the fire may have started on a second floor balcony and spread upward on the outside of the building.

All residents were accounted for and no injuries were reported.

The specific cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Red Cross was immediately on the scene assisting 35 people impacted by the fire.

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