CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - East Bay Street in downtown Charleston has reopened near Columbus Street after crews were called to an early-morning fire Thursday.
The Charleston County Consolidated Dispatch Center received a 911 call at 2:25 a.m. from a citizen reporting a residential structure fire in the 600 block of East Bay Street, according to Charleston Fire Marshal Michael Julazadeh.
The first units on the scene reported smoke visible from the vacant two-story property and quickly located and extinguished a small fire in a first-floor room, he said.
The property was unsecured and possibly occupied by a vagrant prior to the fire, Julazadeh said. Firefighters found numerous discarded items including clothing, bedding and smoking material.
Julazadeh said investigators determined the fire started near a mattress and may be related to discarded smoking materials.
Emergency personnel from Charleston, Saint Andrews, and North Charleston Fire Departments, Charleston County EMS, and Charleston Police Department were dispatched to the scene.