48 Fire & Rescue respond to Summerville Fire Tuesday morning

At 3:30 a.m. Tuesday morning, the Dorchester County Fire Rescue (DCFR) received an alarm for a structure fire at a machine shop on Thorpe Street, adjacent to the Sterling Corporation, between Summerville and Ridgeville.

Crews arrived on scene within minutes and found a 60' x 60' metal building with extensive smoke and fire conditions coming from the structure, according to Dorchester County.

Forty-eight fire rescue personnel from Dorchester County Fire Rescue, Summerville Fire Rescue and the North Charleston Fire Department extinguished the fire in one hour and thirty minutes, said Dorchester County.

Dorchester County Fire Chief, Tres Atkinson said, "the quick response, by all departments, is proof of the continued success of the Automatic Aid Agreements between (these agencies). It was a seamless operation. All three departments are to be commended for their continued commitment to providing the highest quality of fire service."

The Dorchester County Sherriff's Office and EMS also responded to the scene. No injuries were reported.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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