MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. (WCSC) - Firefighters rescued three people from a fire burning in an apartment building near the Ravenel Bridge in Mount Pleasant.
Fire crews rescued a man and two children from the building. Firefighters were also able to rescue a cat, named “Boogie,” who belongs to a woman who lives in one of the damaged units but was out of town when the fire broke out.
A property manager says the fire occurred in Building 315, which contains 16 units. The property manager said no one suffered serious injuries in the fire.
The American Red Cross is helping approximately 21 victims of the fire with their immediate needs, spokesman Ben Williamson said. Team members provided comfort kits, containing personal hygiene items, and financial assistance for immediate needs to the families impacted. Seven team members were on the scene for several hours Saturday to make sure residents had what they needed in the wake of the large fire.
In addition to immediate needs, Red Cross team members are providing mental and spiritual care assistance to anyone that may need it. The Red Cross will continue to stay in contact with its partners to see if any additional assistance is needed.
The fire was reported at approximately 2:22 p.m. at the Harbor Pointe Apartments in the 300 block of Harbor Pointe Drive, according to Charleston County dispatchers.
Ann Richardson, who lives at a neighboring building at the complex, said she saw smoke and realized there was a fire in the complex and immediately went to check on her dog.
She said when she first got into the complex, the fire was just coming from the top of the building.
“It just spread very quickly,” she said. “It came out of the roof and down into the buildings and then spread in both directions.”
She said she saw a woman run in to grab something from her apartment but said the woman did get back out safely.
Richardson praised the response by police and firefighters.
“Honestly, it’s an older apartment complex, so the concern I think would be that the buildings went up in flames quite quickly,” she said. “But you know, the fire department was amazing, the police department was out here, the fire department, amazing, kind, understood.”
Drivers reported seeing smoke from the fire from the Ravenel Bridge as well as from I-26.
Firefighters were working to put out any hot spots in the building before investigators began trying to determine the cause of the fire.
The complex was built in 1987, according to a property manager.
This is a developing story. Check back for updates.