MOUNT PLEASANT, SC (WCSC) - Awendaw fire crews are investigating an early-morning house fire in Mount Pleasant.
Awendaw McClellanville Consolidated Fire District Chief Brian Mayo said the high heat and humidity made it difficult for firefighters. Crews took turns battling the fire and one firefighter was hospitalized for heat exhaustion.
That firefighter was treated and released, Mayo said.
"This structure was totally involved, so there were no interior operations, it was all defensive from the outside," Mayo said. "It still overheats the firefighters a lot and can cause some heat-related issues just because you can't cool down. With all the gear on still, there's no way for your body to get rid of the heat."
Firefighters say one civilian suffered minor injuries.
A witness on the scene said her nephew lived in the home and said he made it out of the home alive. She said the man's puppies did not survive the fire.
The fire was reported out as of approximately 5:25 a.m.
Charleston County Consolidated Dispatch says the fire was reported at 3:26 a.m. on Mercury Road.
Authorities are investigating the cause of the fire.