Authorities investigate cause in West Ashley house fire

Authorities investigate cause in West Ashley house fire

WEST ASHLEY, SC (WCSC) - Charleston fire officials say they are trying to determine the cause of a Sunday house fire in West Ashley.

Units from the Charleston Fire Department, the St. Andrews Public Service District, Charleston County EMS and Charleston Police responded to a Village Road home at 11:54 a.m. and reported smoke venting from the home, according to Charleston Deputy Fire Marshal Capt. Ryan Kunitzer.

An occupant discovered the fire and escaped the home, but then returned inside to search for his dog, Kunitzer said.

Firefighters were able to rescue the dog and administered oxygen to the animal with a pet oxygen mask.

The fire was under control by 12:04 p.m.

The occupant of the home was transported to the hospital and later released, Kunitzer said.

Kunitzer said every home should have an escape plan, whether the home is a house or apartment. He also said every level of the home should have a working smoke detector.

"One you have escaped a burning building, never re-enter for any reason," Kunitzer said.

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