Officials: Man jumps from balcony to escape apartment fire

Officials: Man jumps from balcony to escape apartment fire

WEST ASHLEY SC (WCSC) - Multiple fire agencies were called out to a West Ashley Apartment Fire early Sunday morning that left one person injured.

According to a spokesman for the Charleston City Fire Department, crews responded to the call around 6:44 a.m. to Colonial Village Apartments at Hampton Pointe off Sam Rittenberg Boulevard. When crews arrived at the scene they encountered fire and smoke coming from the second floor of a 16-unit apartment building.

Fire officials say a male victim was awoken to the sound of his smoke detector and attempted to extinguish it, but was unsuccessful. Authorities say the victim escaped his apartment by jumping from the second floor balcony to the ground. Officials say the victim had to be taken to a local hospital for minor burn injuries and has been released.

Firefighters were able to extinguish the blaze and contain it to a second floor apartment. Authorities say fire damage was contained to two units and part of the roof structure above the apartments. Several other apartments suffered smoke and water damage.

St. Andrews Fire, North Charleston Fire and Charleston City Fire Departments all responded to the blaze. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

The Charleston City Fire Department would like to remind the public of a few simple safety tips:

1) Develop a home escape plan – whether you live in a house or apartment – and identify two means of egress.

2) If you live above the first floor, consider purchasing a home escape ladder.

3) Install and maintain smoke alarms in all homes. Every level of your home should have a working smoke alarm.

4) Once you have escaped a burning building, never re-enter for any reason.

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