CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) – Multiple agencies responded Tuesday night to a structure fire on James Island.
According to Charleston County Dispatch, the fire was on the 1900 block of Wild Wing Lane.
Witness photos and video showed flames engulfing a raised home, with the fire threatening to spread to nearby cars, homes, and trees. The siding of a nearby home appeared to sustain damage.
The James Island Fire Department was on scene shortly before 9:30 p.m. with assistance from the Charleston County Sheriff’s Office.
According to Deputy Chief Shawn Engelman, crews arrived to find the fire heavily involved and immediately began suppression efforts. The fire eventually spread to the rest of the home.
One person was home at the time of the fire. Engelman said that the man was asleep when the fire started, but woke up and was able to escape thanks to his smoke alarms.
Engelman emphasized that the smoke alarm saved the man’s life, saying “this could have had a very tragic ending had he not had a working smoke alarm.”
The fire appeared to be out before 11:00 p.m., but many first responders remained working to secure the scene.
The home suffered significant damage.
Deputy Chief Engelman told News 2 on Wednesday morning the cause of that fire is still undetermined. He said the area they need to investigate is unstable and that is why they cannot determine a cause at this time.