Fire damages Mt. P. home

Mount Pleasant firefighters battle a blaze Wednesday at 1397 Lettered Olive Lane.

MOUNT PLEASANT — Firefighters battled a blaze that engulfed a Mount Pleasant home Wednesday morning.

Leigh Theres of 1397 Lettered Olive Lane said she hurried to call authorities after hearing her smoke detector go off about 10 a.m.

The call came across as a chimney fire that had gotten out of control.

But Mount Pleasant Battalion Chief Jimmy Johnston said the department is still investigating the blaze to determine if anything else could have caused it.

It took firefighters about 25 minutes to control the flames, Johnston said.

No one was injured, but Johnston said about half the home was damaged.

Most of the damage was to the home’s second and third floors, Johnston said. The fire didn’t reach pumpkins and skeletons displayed on the home’s front porch in the spirit of Halloween.

Theres was the only person home when the flames broke out. She said her two teenage children were in school.

Theres said her family was still adjusting to the home after a recent move from Rhode Island.

“It’s just hard. We just moved here in August,” Theres said.

Charleston and North Charleston firefighters helped man Mount Pleasant fire stations during the fire.

“That allowed us to have all of our people out here,” Johnston said.

Johnston said chimneys should be cleaned at least once a year to help prevent similar fires.

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