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Fire crews investigating late-night N. Charleston building fire

ByP atrick Phillips | May 1, 2020 at 8:33 AM EDT - Updated May 1 at 8:33 AM

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - North Charleston Fire investigators are trying to figure out what caused a fire to break out in a vacant commercial building Thursday night.

Charleston County dispatchers received a 911 call at 10:27 p.m. reporting a “massive fire” at “an old building” on Scott Street.

North Charleston, Charleston, and St. Andrews Fire Departments responded to the call along with Charleston County EMS and Charleston County Rescue Squad, according to North Charleston Deputy Fire Chief Stephanie Julazadeh said.

First arriving firefighters reported heavy fire in a large vacant commercial building. Fire conditions did not allow for crews to enter the building. Ladder trucks and large hose lines were used to fight the fire. Additional fire engines and ladders were called to the scene to assist.

No injuries have been reported. A fire investigation into the origin and cause of the fire is in progress.

Remember these important tips when calling 9-1-1:

• Get out and stay out of a burning building – then call 9-1-1. • You can use any cell phone to call 9-1-1. Every cell phone has an “emergency” function even if the screen is locked. • Stay calm and speak clearly. • Know your location – by address or an intersecting street. • Do not hang up until directed to by the 9-1-1 dispatcher. • Answer the dispatcher’s questions promptly and to the point. • If the situation changes before help arrives, call 9-1-1 again and give the dispatcher an update.

Smoke alarms save lives! Make sure you have working smoke alarms in your home. Smoke alarms over 10 years old should be replaced. North Charleston Fire Department can install free smoke alarms in your home.

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