Fires displace 22 in North Charleston, 4 in Moncks Corner

A fire displaced 22 residents of a North Charleston apartment complex Thursday morning.

The blaze was reported about 8:40 a.m. at Ashley Village Townhomes, which is off Ashley Phosphate Road across from Cross County Road.

The first crews from the North Charleston Fire Department reported heavy smoke and flames showing through the roof of the two-story building. The fire had spread through a common attic space that was not required to have fire walls at the time of construction, Fire Marshal Cindy Killette said. Crews used aerial devices to extinguish the fire in about 40 minutes, she said.

The fire damaged six apartments.

Red Cross volunteers were on the scene providing assistance. Coastal Crisis Chaplaincy also was there for support.

The cause of the fire is under investigation. The Ashley River Fire Department also assisted. One firefighter was taken to a hospital for evaluation and released.

Another fire on Thursday destroyed a mobile home on Long Ridge Road in Moncks Corner, displacing four people.

The Red Cross is assisting a total of 16 adults and 10 children displaced by the fires.

Reach Dave Munday at 937-5553.