Large house fire reported in Ladson subdivision

Firefighters work to extinguish a house fire in Ladson Thursday night.

Neighbors watched, waited and prayed as flames engulfed a house in their Ladson subdivision Thursday night.

Old Fort Fire and Rescue responded just after 10 p.m. to the scene on the 100 block of Instructor Court.

By 11:45 p.m., pictures shared on social media showed the fire was mostly out, but at that time Old Fort Fire and Rescue said they were still actively working the scene.

Photographs shared on Twitter Thursday night showed the fire ripping through the second floor of the two-story home.

The photos also show a house next door had some residual fire damage from the next-door flames, the siding warping to the intensity of the heat.

Joe Shetrom was one of the neighbors in the Eagle Run subdivision who took to Twitter to share what was happening in his neighborhood Thursday night.

He said he first found out about the fire when someone in their neighborhood’s Facebook group posted about it.

“When I came outside, the top floor was already engulfed,” Shetrom said. “It’s pretty surreal seeing something like this in your own neighborhood, let alone across the street.”

Officials with Old Fort Fire and Rescue reported that they were called at 10:12 p.m. and arrived by 10:20 p.m.

Shetrom said he and other neighbors were watching and praying as the flames devoured the second-story of the house.

“I just kept praying,” he said, adding, “and I’m sure others would say the same.”

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