Crews begin clean up after fire in Charleston International Airport parking garage

Published: Jun. 16, 2022 at 11:37 AM EDT|Updated: Jun. 16, 2022 at 7:16 PM EDT
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NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - Officials with the Charleston International Airport are starting to clean up the aftermath of two vehicles that were on fire in their parking garage.

The North Charleston Fire Department said on Twitter that they were on the scene at the Charleston International Airport just after 11:30 a.m. on Thursday.

Deputy Chief Stephanie Julazedah said two vehicles were involved in the fire, and one firefighter suffered a minor injury and was taken by Charleston County Emergency Medical Services. No other injuries were reported.

The fire was upgraded to a structure fire when a North Charleston Fire deputy chief first arrived on the scene, then more units were on the way. The Charleston County Volunteer Rescue Squad and Charleston County EMS also responded to assist during the incident.

Airport spokesman Spencer Pryor said a driver entering the parking garage reported a “burning smell” coming from his vehicle shortly after 11 a.m. Pryor said the driver drove to the second level where he discovered fire and smoke coming from underneath the vehicle.

“The driver was able to exit the vehicle and contact emergency responders,” Pryor said.

North Charleston firefighters say the fire started when that driver’s engine caught on fire on the second floor of the Daily Parking Deck.

As a result of the first vehicle, a second vehicle caught on fire as well, according to Pryor. It was extinguished as well, but not before several other vehicles in the area suffered damage from the fire.

The daily garage is now open for passengers to park except for two areas on levels two and three. The airport also says they will begin trying to contact the owners of the vehicles.

Airport officials have been assessing the area for any possible damage to the garage.

This viewer submitted photo shows heavy black smoke coming from the parking garage at...
This viewer submitted photo shows heavy black smoke coming from the parking garage at Charleston International Airport Thursday morning. The North Charleston Fire Department says to avoid the area.(Barbara Hill)

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