Massive Weekend Blaze in Downtown Charleston Spreads To Several Buildings


The Charleston Fire Department is currently conducting an investigation following a fire that inflicted damage on multiple buildings in the downtown area this past Sunday.

The incident prompted a response to 16 Hagood Ave. around 5:30 p.m., following numerous reports of a fire.

Responding swiftly, fire crews reached the scene in under three minutes from the time of dispatch. They encountered a two-story, unoccupied house completely ablaze.

As firefighters from various agencies collaborated to control the fire, it started to spread to two neighboring homes, located to the south and east of the initial structure. To facilitate firefighting efforts, the Charleston Police Department implemented a temporary closure of Hagood Avenue between Flood and Spring Streets. By 9:15 p.m., the avenue was partially reopened.

The fire resulted in considerable damage to the vacant property, including a partial collapse. The adjacent home to the south experienced severe damage, with the fire extending into its attic, while the house to the east was minimally affected.

The incident led to the displacement of five adults and two children from the two damaged residences.