CFD: Lightning strike caused downtown Charleston house fire

Source: Erin Weiss (
Source: Erin Weiss (
Source: Erin Weiss (
Source: Erin Weiss (

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - The Charleston Fire Department says a lightning strike caused a house fire in downtown Charleston Friday afternoon.

CFD officials say at 3:35 p.m., units with Charleston, St. Andrews, and North Charleston Fire Departments responded to a structure fire at the corner of Ashley Avenue and Halsey Street.

"Fire personnel in the area from a earlier incident noticed smoke coming from the roof of a three story structure and responded to investigate," CFD officials said.

According to authorities, on arrival personnel confirmed a working structure fire with smoke and flames venting from the roof and called for additional units.

"Crews alerted several residents in the structure and began an interior attack on the fire," CFD officials say."Personnel extinguished a fire in the third floor attic of the structure."

The Charleston Fire Department Fire Marshal Division responded to investigate the fire and determined the structure was struck by lightning igniting a fire in the attic.

CFD officials say one firefighter was transported to a local hospital for a hand injury.

No other injuries were reported.

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