Fire damages North Charleston townhouses

Two North Charleston Firefighters work to pull vinyl siding off townhouses at 4224 Bonaparte Dr. Friday. The fire in the 6 unit building at Oak Ridge Townhouses was contained to two of the units.

North Charleston fire vehicles flooded the Oak Ridge Estates subdivision after neighbors called in a blaze at a townhouse complex this morning.

The fire heavily damaged two units at the Oak Ridge Townhouses on 4224 Bonaparte Drive, Battalion Chief Eric Phillips said. Nobody was home in the damaged units at the time and no injuries were reported to residents or firefighters.

"The neighbors actually spotted the smoke and got out," Phillips said.

Firefighters responded to the scene near Marseilles Drive at 10:38 a.m. and spent 15 to 20 minutes bringing the flames under control, Phillips said. They expected to spend hours on scene putting out hot spots and investigating the cause, which remained undetermined in the early afternoon.

The damaged townhouses are the middle units in a row of six. Volunteers from the Carolina Lowcountry Chapter of the American Red Cross were helping two families affected by the fire.