Ten people displaced after fire at West Ashley Apartment

Ten people displaced after fire at West Ashley Apartment
Crews responding to a fire at apartment complex in West Ashley. (Source: Live 5)

WEST ASHLEY, S.C. (WCSC) - Ten people are displaced after a fire at an apartment in West Ashley Saturday morning.

According to the Charleston Fire Department, the Charleston County Consolidated Dispatch Center received a call reporting a fire at the Ashley Oaks Apartments on Ashley Hall Plantation Road around 2:30 a.m.

Fire officials say responders arrived in less than five minutes and reported smoke and flames venting from one side of the two-story apartment building.

According to the Charleston Fire Department, the occupants of the primary fire apartment had self-evacuated before responders arrived.

Firefighters brought the fire under control in less than 20 minutes and removed one resident from an adjacent unit, according to a release.

Investigators from the Fire Marshal Division responded to investigate the incident.

Investigators determined the fire originated in the kitchen area, then spread into a void space, impacting four units in the building.

Officials say the apartment building was not equipped with a fire sprinkler system and the unit where the fire started was not equipped with a working smoke alarm.

No injuries were reported to the occupants.

One firefighter sustained a burn while battling the blaze, but fire officials say the injury was treated on scene.

The American Red Cross is assisting ten occupants who were displaced by the incident.

Charleston, Saint Andrews, and North Charleston Fire Departments, Charleston County EMS and Charleston PD were dispatched to the incident.

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