UPDATE | Fire damages Charleston apartment building

Published: Jan. 28, 2020 at 5:19 PM EST
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UPDATE 1/28/20 @ 6:30 p.m.

Charleston firefighters battled an apartment building fire on the city's East End Tuesday evening.

The fire started around 5 p.m. in the 1500 block of Lee Street East, Metro 911 dispatchers said.

The fire likely started in an upstairs unit of the four-apartment house, firefighters said. The flames quickly spread into the roof and over to the other upstairs apartment.

Firefighters used ladders to get onto the roof and keep the flames from spreading to the rest of the building or an adjacent apartment building on the rear of the lot.

Everyone got out of the house safely and no one was taken to the hospital, firefighters said. Some residents were able to get back into the house to get out personal belongings once the fire was put out.

The cause of the fire is unknown at this time. The fire marshal was on scene investigating.


Charleston Fire crews are on the scene Tuesday afternoon of a structure fire in the 1500 block of Lee Street East, Metro 911 dispatchers say.

They described it as a working fire. It was reported just before 5 p.m.

Dispatchers say everyone managed to make it out safely.

We have a crew headed to the scene. Keep checking the WSAZ app for the latest information.