Downtown fire leaves two injured

A fire at 21 Sires Street, near Rutledge and Spring, in the early hours Tuesday left two people hurt, and one man was sent to the burn center in Augusta to be treated. Authorities say the fire seems suspicious, and it might be linked to other suspicious fires in recent years. The inside of the home was destroyed, and there was damage to a neighboring home, as well.

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From ABC News 4:

According to the spokesman for the Charleston City Fire Department, seven trucks were able to extinguish the fire by around 4 a.m. The fire destroyed the inside of the home and caused minor damage to a neighboring home.

The fire official did not know exactly how many people were in the home when the fire sparked. But one witness reported seeing four people run out of the home. There were three vehicles on the street outside the home.

From Live 5 News:

Fire officials say one of the young women living upstairs smelled the smoke and saw the flames. She alerted a man upstairs. They both jumped from a second story window. Authorities say two others ran out the front, including one guy who ran onto the porch and got badly burned.


It's a fire that's caught the attention of investigators who are trying to figure out if an arsonist is responsible for this one and some others over the past eight years.

Live 5 also reports that the fire started on a sofa on the front porch of the house.

Anyone with information about the fires is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 554-1111.

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