CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) – The Charleston County Dispatch Center received a 911 call just before 4:00 p.m. reporting a structure fire in an apartment building on Grech Street.
Charleston and Saint Andrews Fire Departments, Charleston County EMS, and Charleston PD responded to the scene.
According to the Charleston Fire Department Facebook page, emergency responders arrived within 4 minutes from the time they were dispatched and reported smoke venting from one apartment unit.
Firefighters quickly entered the building and contained the majority of the fire damage to the kitchen area or one apartment. Officials stated that the fire was brought under control in less than 10 minutes after firefighters arrived at the scene.
Investigators from the Fire Marshal Division responded to investigate the origin, cause and circumstances of the incident.
Residents of the apartment were home when smoke alarms activated, alerting them to the incident, and then the discovery of a fire in the kitchen, according to the post. All the occupants were able to exit without injury.
Investigators verified the fire originated within the kitchen but the specific cause remains under investigation.
The Red Cross was requested to assist the residents of one apartment unit.
The Charleston Fire Department would like to remind our citizens:
• Test smoke alarms monthly to verify they are operating and can be heard throughout the home.
• Prepare and practice a home escape plan.
• During a fire emergency, exit the home and then call 911 from a safe location.