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Apartment fire displaces 23 people in North Charleston

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Ashley Brown woke up Monday morning and found her apartment going up in flames.

"I opened the door to a bunch of flames coming out the ceiling, the ceiling dropping in. I'm like, I gotta get my child out of here," she explained.

The mother and her 2-year-old daughter escaped, thanks to a wake-up call from her father.

"My dad called and woke me up for some reason, maybe he just had a feeling that something was wrong," Brown said.

Fire crews fought the flames at Dorchester Village Apartments for more than an hour.

It moved quickly, leaving 23 people without a place to go.

"There's significant damage to the building so we do have eight units actually involved in the fire," said Bianca Sancic, public information officer for the North Charleston Fire Department.

Despite the damage and the more than 20 people living in the building, only one person was treated and released. That's something Brown says has her feeling blessed.

"We're healthy, you know all of that is material things so I still thank God anyway," Brown said Monday.

The American Red Cross responded to assist the families living on Nelson Street in North Charleston.

The North Charleston Fire Department is investigating, and crews say while much was lost, there's knowledge to be gained.

"A smoke alarm is the only way if you're asleep you're gonna know that there's a fire in that house," said Sancic. "So being proactive, having a plan and making sure the family can get out is their most effective way to protect themselves in the event of a fire."

There's no word on what sparked the blaze, but Brown says it started after she turned on her heater Monday morning.

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