Tent City fire burns clothing, trash and a few tents

A few of the dozens of tents off Meeting Street take a bit of shelter under the Romney Street exit ramp off Interstate 26. On Saturday, a fire broke out in the encampment and burned two or three tents. Nobody was injured.

A fire early Saturday in Charleston’s upper peninsula homeless encampment, known as Tent City, burned two or three tents, according to the Charleston Fire Department.

Department spokesman Ryan Kunitzer said firefighters at 3:30 a.m. extinguished the blaze, which had broken out in a pile of old clothes and trash on the east side of Meeting Street, between Huger Street and the ramp to Interstate 26.

No one was injured, he said.

The department is investigating the cause of fire, he said.

City leaders said last week that the homeless encampment, with about 100 tents, can’t remain where it is indefinitely. They currently are looking for another place, such as a vacant government building, where people could stay until they find permanent housing.

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