East Bay Street reopens after significant two-alarm fire burns downtown Charleston house

Crews battling the fire Monday morning (Source: CFD)
Crews battling the fire Monday morning (Source: CFD)
Crews on-scene of the structure fire Monday morning (Source: Live 5)
Crews on-scene of the structure fire Monday morning (Source: Live 5)

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - The Charleston fire department responded to a two-alarm residential fire early Monday morning.

Crews arrived at 645 East Bay Street shortly before 5 a.m. where large flames and smoke could be seen coming from the roof of a two-story house. It took them more than an hour to put the fire out at the vacant home.

Firefighters only fought the fire from the outside for safety reasons because of concerns about the structural integrity of the house and also knew it was vacant, according to Charleston Chief Fire Marshal Mike Julazadeh.

Nearby homes were also evacuated as a precautionary measure before returning to their houses an hour later, Julazadeh said.

East Bay Street has reopened after lanes closed in both directions from Cooper to Amherst Streets for three hours because of the fire.

Nobody was inside at the time of the fire, according to the Assistant Fire Chief with the Charleston fire department.

Anyone with videos of photos of the fire or with more information regarding the fire are encouraged to email CFD@charleston-sc.gov.

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