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Afternoon home fire in Charleston leaves 1 dead and 2 injured

Published: Jan. 15, 2022 at 3:54 PM EST|Updated: Jan. 16, 2022 at 5:39 AM EST
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CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - The Charleston Fire Department and other agencies responded to a fire at a home in Charleston that reportedly left one person dead and two others injured.

Charleston County Dispatch says the fire was reported at 3:09 p.m. on Saturday in the 40 block of Athens Court.

At the scene, firefighters quickly put out the fire and found a victim who did not survive, according to an incident report.

Two other victims had already evacuated before crews had arrived; they were taken to a hospital, but are expected to be okay, the report says.

An initial investigation from the Fire Marshal Division and other agencies determine the fire originated within the victim’s bedroom, near a portable space heater, Charleston Fire Department Spokesperson Michael Julazadeh says.

The home was equipped with smoke alarms that were reportedly activated during the incident, Julazadeh says.

An investigation to verify the origin and cause of the fire is ongoing.

The Charleston County Coroner’s Office has not released the name of the deceased.

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