Fire destroys vacant West Ashley home

Charleston firefighters battle a blaze that destroyed a large, abandoned house on 78 Tripe St. in West Ashley.

It may have looked like an old, boarded up vacant house, but to two men who helped build the home at 866 Tripe St. more than 60 years ago, it was a cherished part of family history.

James C. Edwards and his uncle Ernest Middleton were teenagers in 1945 when their family's patriarch decided he and his family would build the house using the wood from a Doughtry Street home that had to be moved to make way for the Medical University Hospital.

"It was our castle," Edwards said. "Papa told us this house would be here for all of his children."

More than 60 years later, that's no longer true.

The house was destroyed by fire Thursday morning.

Read more details in Friday's editions of The Post and Courier.