Today, Charleston Fire Chief Rusty Thomas is leaving firefighting after 32 years of service. The 50-year-old's departure comes after receiving much criticism for the Sofa Super Store fire that led to the deaths of nine firemen, the largest number of firefighters killed on duty since 9/11.
Keep an eye on stories connected to the fire at the Sofa Super Store at our topic page. Ronald "Ronnie'' Classen, a 37-year veteran of Charleston's force, will serve as interim chief until a new fire chief can be hired.
Thomas has said he wants to remain active in the Charleston community, but he hasn't yet figured out exactly how.