DANIEL ISLAND, S.C. (WCBD) – Crews with the Charleston Fire Department are on the scene of a residential structure fire on Smythe Street, Daniel Island.
Those on scene report that the house was fully engulfed, but crews seemed to be getting the fire under control as of 12:04 a.m. Sunday.
The occupants of the home escaped through the rear of the house and safely evacuated.
Firefighters continued to fight the fire for nearly 45 minutes before transitioning to a defensive attack, removing all the crews from interior operations due to the continued weakening of the home and concerns for firefighter safety.
A bulk of the fire was declared under control after elevated streams were deployed from a ladder truck.
Crews remained on scene through the morning and into the afternoon addressing hot spots throughout the home.
Investigators say the fire originated on the ground level of the home, within a storage area attached to the garage.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation.
The four occupants of the home and their four guests were able to escape the home without any reported injuries.
The American Red Cross responded to the incident to provide assistance.