Cause of Joseph Floyd Manor fire still under investigation; some residents put up at area hotel

Joseph Floyd Manor is empty Tuesday morning after a fire Monday night.

All the residents of Joseph Floyd Manor had to be moved into temporary housing after a fire Monday night, according to the Charleston Fire Department.

The fire in the 12-story apartment building for the elderly and disabled on Mount Pleasant Street was reported just before 5:15 p.m. Crews encountered heavy smoke on the 10th floor, fire department spokesman Ryan Kunitzer said. The fire was contained to a single apartment living room but water from the building’s sprinkler system damaged several floors. One resident was taken to a hospital for smoke inhalation treatment.

The fire started at the sofa in the apartment, but the exact cause remains under investigation, according to Kunitzer.

A city building official determined the structure to be uninhabitable until a full assessment can be conducted, Kunitzer said. It is unknown how long that will take, he added.

Kunitzer said the Charleston Marriott put up approximately 93 of the building’s residents and that Charleston Area Regional Transportation Authority took them to the hotel. Another 58 residents were relocated with help from family and friends.

Fire departments from North Charleston, Saint Andrews and James Island assisted Charleston. The American Red Cross and Charleston County Housing and Redevelopment Authority assisted in relocating residents in the building.

The Red Cross also worked with the Authority to open a shelter for the residents who were displaced. It opened at 2 p.m. Tuesday and is located at Grace on the Ashley Baptist Church, 2014 Bees Ferry Road. Meals and other services are provided there.

Joseph Floyd Manor provides 156 low-rent apartments for the elderly and disabled, according to the Authority.

Melissa Boughton contributed to this report. Reach Dave Munday at 843-937-5553.