Crews extinguish second floor fire on Sumter Street

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - The second story of a home on Sumter Street was destroyed Thursday night after officials say a fire broke out in an unoccupied bedroom.

The Charleston and North Charleston Fire Departments responded to a residential structure fire on Sumter Street in the Westside neighborhood around 9:45 p.m. Crews reported seeing fire coming from the second floor windows and extending towards the roof of the home upon arrival.

Authorities say two occupants who were on the first floor heard a loud noise coming from the second floor before going outside to see flames shooting out the windows.

Officials say the fire was contained to a second floor bedroom, but the rest of the floor suffered smoke and heat damaged. A neighboring residence had minor exposure damage.

Investigators say no working smoke alarms were found inside the home.

The Red Cross assisted with the displaced residents.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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