CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - The cause of a house fire in downtown Charleston on Saturday night remains under investigation.
The Charleston County Consolidated Dispatch Center received a 911 call just before 11 p.m. Saturday about a reported structure fire on Hanover Street, according to Chief Fire Marshal Mike Julazadeh.
Charleston and Saint Andrews Fire Departments, Charleston County EMS, and Charleston PD were dispatched to the incident.
Emergency personnel arrived in less than three minutes from the time of dispatch and encountered a significant volume of fire venting from the two-story duplex. Firefighters conducted a coordinated effort to quickly attack the fire while searching for occupants.
Emergency personnel worked to gain control as the fire spread into the walls and progressed into the attic space. Firefighters contained the blaze to the primary structure.
"No occupants were found during the search and no injuries were reported as a result of the incident," Julazadeh said.
Members of the Fire Marshal Division Fire Investigation Team responded to investigate the origin, cause, and circumstances of the incident. The structure was vacant and unsecured at the time of the fire.
Investigators determined the fire originated on the first floor of the structure and may have been related to vagr ants who were staying in the property.
The Charleston Fire Department would like to remind our community:
- Notify the Livability Division anytime you observe an unsecured vacant structure in your community by calling 843-805-3226.
- Notify the Police Department when you observe unusual activity or individuals trespassing on vacant property by calling 911.
- The cause of the fire remains under investigation at this time.