NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Firefighters responded to a pair of house fires Saturday in the North Charleston area.
The first, reported at 5:59 p.m., was at a home in the 100 block of Dorchester Manor Boulevard.
Ashley River firefighters used thermal imaging cameras to find a hidden fire inside the rear wall of a home, according to Ashley River Fire Chief Scott Inabinet. Crews were able to break in to the interior wall and extinguish the fire before it reached the attic, he said.
Investigators determined tenants soldered a replacement hose bib on the outside back wall of the home earlier in the day and it appeared the insulation board caught fire between the brick and sheetrock in the wall space, Inabinet said.
The second fire was reported at 8:22 p.m. at the 100 block of Stratton Drive where a 911 caller had reported seeing flames and smoke coming from the home.
First responders reported a heavy amount of fire and smoke coming from a front bedroom window, Inabinet said.
Firefighters deployed attack lines, entered and quickly extinguished the fire in the master bedroom and hallway in approximately five minutes, he said.
Firefighters say no one was home at the time of the fire.
The Red Cross is assisting the adult female and two juveniles who were displaced because of the major damage to the home.
The Old Fort and North Charleston Fire Departments also responded to this fire, he said.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation, Inabinet said.