Firefighters remain on scene of N. Charleston warehouse fire into third day

Firefighters remain on scene of N. Charleston warehouse fire into third day

NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Firefighters remained on the scene of Friday's warehouse fire in North Charleston into Sunday, NCFD officials say.

"The fire is pretty much smoldering with flare-ups every now and then," North Charleston Fire Marshal Cindy Killette said Sunday afternoon.

Crews have scaled back their presence, but are still watching for possible flare-ups.

Four firefighters were hospitalized on Friday for heat exhaustion and a minor injury, as they battled the fire at Sunset Trading on Hock Avenue. All four were treated and released.

Calls about a fire at the paper storage facility came in at approximately 1:59 p.m. on Friday. No employees were injured and the building was safely evacuated, Killette said.

The department said on Saturday afternoon that the warehouse had been "heavily involved" in fire when firefighters arrived on the scene and they immediately "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, they said.

Heavy equipment was brought in to separate contents of the building so firefighters could completely extinguish the fire.

The City of Charleston, St. Andrews, Hanahan, Summerville, Mount Pleasant Fire Departments, Charleston County EMS and County Rescue, along with additional Tri-County agencies assisted North Charleston firefighters on the scene.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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