SEABROOK ISLAND, SC (WCSC) - Firefighters rescued two people and two dogs from a structure fire on Seabrook Island early Monday morning.
Dispatchers confirmed a fire was reported at approximately 2:40 a.m. at a home in the 1900 block of Marsh Oak Lane.
First responders described a heavy fire at the front of a three-story condominium. When fire crews arrived on the scene, deputies alerted them to residents at the back of the building on the second floor. Crews borrowed a neighbor's ladder and got the victims out of the home safely.
No injuries were reported. The American Red Cross has been alerted to assist the victims of the fire.
At 2:40 a.m., crews responded to a home on Marsh Oaks Lane near the Bohicket Marina.
According to St. John's Fire District officials, deputies arrived on scene and reported heavy fire showing from the second floor of a three story multi-family structure.
"Two residents were alerted by a smoke alarm and exited the structure to a rear second floor porch," fire officials said."The Sheriff deputies located the residents on the porch and were able to locate a ladder and use it to rescue them and their two dogs off of the balcony."
According to fire officials, fire department personnel arrived on scene and began a coordinated attack on the fire.
"Fire, smoke, and heat damaged two second floor condominiums. Water damaged two additional units located on the first floor. No injuries were reported."
Officials with the St. John's Fire Marshal Division say they responded to investigate the cause of the fire, and after a preliminary investigation the cause is believed to be related to ashes from a charcoal grill that were improperly disposed in a plastic garbage container.
"The fire originated underneath a combustible stairway then extended into the structure," authorities said.
The STJFD would like to pass along these tips to residents:
- Working smoke alarms save lives. Test your smoke alarms monthly. Replace batteries yearly. Replace alarms every 10 years.
- When disposing of ashes from grilling or smoking, always dispose in a metal container.
- Let ashes or charcoal briquettes cool before placing in container to dispose. Douse with water to ensure ashes or embers are completely out.
- Keep grills at least 10 feet away from any combustible porch or balcony.
The St. John's Fire District, James Island Fire Department, Charleston Fire Department, Charleston County EMS and Charleston County Sheriff's Department responded to the fire.