Emergency crews extinguish storage building fire in downtown Charleston

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CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - Emergency crews have extinguished a fire in downtown Charleston Tuesday night. The fire was at a metal storage building near Hampton Park.

At 7:03 p.m., Charleston Fire Department officials said crews were still working to put out hot spots but the majority of the fire was under control.

Rutledge Avenue at Grove Street were closed to traffic due to the fire in the area of Mary Murray Boulevard and Cleveland Street.

Charleston police spokesman Charles Francis said emergency responders received a call about the fire around 5:25 p.m.

A 911 call reporting a fire near Hampton Park happened shortly before 5:30 p.m.

CFD officials said when crews arrived they found a “significant volume of fire” from a single story, six-bay storage building.

“Due to the volume of fire, the firefighters remained in a defensive strategy, suppressing the fire from the exterior,” Charleston fire officials said."The majority of the blaze was brought under control in approximately 30 minutes. Firefighters continued to extinguish hots pots throughout the evening."

A report states that the building was used by the Charleston Parks Department and contained a variety of storage items.

The building sustained significant damage throughout, with fire damage extending to at least four vehicles, Charleston fire officials said.

“Investigators responded to review the incident. The origin and cause of the fire is being investigated,” CFD officials said."Two citizens reported possible smoke inhalation injuries. Both were evaluated by EMS on scene and released."

Charleston, James Island, and North Charleston Fire Departments, Charleston County EMS, and Charleston PD responded to the scene.

Emergency crews on the scene of the storage building fire near Hampton Park.
Emergency crews on the scene of the storage building fire near Hampton Park. (Source: Live 5 News)
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