On the 15th anniversary of the Sofa Super Store fire that killed nine Charleston firefighters, people from around the country came to North Charleston to honor first responders who have perished in the line of duty.
The story of Louis Mulkey is one of service and sacrifice. A captain with the Charleston Fire Department, Mulkey was killed in the 2007 Sofa Superstore Fire that claimed the lives of eight other firefighters.
The city of Charleston honored the nine firefighters who died 14 years ago Friday battling a West Ashley furniture store fire. The nine city firefighters died on the evening of June 18, 2007, while they fought a fire at the Sofa Super Store on Savannah Highway.
On the night of the Sofa Super Store fire, Haley Hutchinson, who was visiting her grandparents in Connecticut, thought about calling her dad, Charleston Fire Capt. Billy Hutchinson, but since she'd be back in Charleston the next day she decided against it. She says it is a decision she has regretted ever since.
As the Charleston church community mourned the deaths of nine people gunned down during a bible study, a ceremony in West Ashley solemnly marked the eighth anniversary of the fire that claimed nine city firefighters.
Sunday's fire that killed 19 firefighters in Arizona brought back some bad memories here in the Lowcountry. Two weeks ago, Charleston observed the sixth anniversary of the fire that killed nine Charleston firefighters. Counselors who helped families and firefighters after the deadly Sofa Super Store fire say it will be a long healing process in Arizona.
For the first time, firefighters from across the nation will hear firsthand, the lessons learned by the Charleston Fire Department. Those lessons are part of a new documentary on the 9 firefighters who lost their lives fighting a fire 6 years ago at the Sofa Super Store in West Ashley.