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UPDATE: Fire breaks out at West Ashley apartment complex Tuesday

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Flames burn through roof of Woodbridge Apartments in West Ashley. Flames burn through roof of Woodbridge Apartments in West Ashley.
WEST ASHLEY, SC - Firefighters responded to a fire at the Woodbridge Apartments in West Ashley beginning around 4:30 a.m. Tuesday.  When they arrived, firefighters discovered a fire extending to the roof area of the 20 unit complex.

The fire department started to go into the structure but due to the high amount of the flames and smoke, they had to draw back and initiate a defensive attack on the fire.  The fire damaged the roof area of 12 apartments of the 20 unit structure. Several other apartments sustained damage from smoke and water due to the battling of the fire.

The blaze was brought under control around 5:30 a.m.

All occupants were accounted for despite there being initial reports of a person trapped inside. No injuries were reported during the fire.  Red Cross was notified and arrived on scene to assist approximately 35 displaced residents.

The CFD Marshal Division is still investigating the specific cause of the fire but based on scene examination and witness reports, the fire was said to have originated on a second floor balcony. The fire then spread upward on the exterior of the apartment building into the attic space.

Streets were closed for hours before residents could re-enter the property.  The Red Cross is assisting at least 35 people displaced by this fire.
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