NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Four firefighters have been transported to the hospital as crews worked to extinguish a fire at a commercial warehouse in North Charleston.
The North Charleston Fire Department issued this statement on the status of the fire Saturday afternoon at 12:38 p.m.
"The warehouse was heavily involved in fire on arrival and crews initiated a defensive fire attack from the exterior of the building. A large portion of the warehouse suffered heavy damage but fire damage was limited from a portion of the building including the office area.
The fire is under control but crews are continuing to operate on the scene. Heavy equipment is being used to separate the massive quantity of contents to completely extinguish the fire. Crews are being rotated as work is expected to continue throughout the day.
Four firefighters were transported to area hospitals yesterday for heat related illness and a minor injury. All four firefighters were treated and released yesterday evening.
The North Charleston Fire Department received assistance from the following fire departments: City of Charleston, St. Andrews, Hanahan, Summerville, Mt. Pleasant as well as Charleston County EMS and County Rescue. Other Tri-County agencies assisted with providing station coverage and support services.
The cause of the fire is under investigation and no more information is available at this time."
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Firefighters from multiple agencies have worked into the night trying to bring the fire under control.
North Charleston Fire officials say they could be on the scene into Saturday morning making sure the fire is completely out.
Charleston Consolidated Dispatch confirmed the call came in at approximately 1:59 p.m. about a fire on Hock Avenue, which is off of Rivers Avenue. The fire is located at Sunset Trading and the building is a paper storage facility, according to authorities at the scene.
No employees were injured and the building was safely evacuated, according to North Charleston Fire Marshal Cindy Killette.
The North Charleston Fire Department says motorists should avoid the area of Gaynor Avenue. No traffic is being allowed on Hock Avenue as crews continue to battle the fire, Killette said.
Witnesses say the fire can be seen from I-526 and the Ashley River.
There has been no word on injuries.
This is a developing story. We have a crew on the way to the scene. Check back for additional information.