North Charleston firefighters see 2 overnight fires

North Charleston, S.C. (WCIV) -- It was a busy night for North Charleston firefighters. The North Charleston Fire Department and Ashley River Fire Department responded to two structure fires overnight.

The first happened in the 7700 block of Jadewood Drive just after 11:30 p.m. First arriving firefighters reported a fire at the back of the home with flames coming from the roof.

"When the units got on scene we had heavy fire showing through the roof in about half of the structure,"{}Brade Wade, Division Chief of North Charleston Fire Department said. "The resident was awake at the time and heard a noise and noticed some smoke in the hallway."

There were no reported injuries. The resident is being assisted by family members.

Fire officials say the second fire was at the 3600 block of Pinoca Lane. The call came in just before 4:45 a.m. when first arriving units reported light smoke coming from under the home. Bianca Sancic of the North Charleston Fire Department reports that there is minor structural damage to the home and there were no injuries reported at this fire. A family of four will be assisted by the American Red Cross.

The cause of both fires is under investigation.

The North Charleston Fire Department spokesperson says they advise residents to check the smoke alarms in their homes. Push the test button once a month to ensure it is functional. Change the batteries at least once a year and purchase a new alarm every 10 years.

Residents in North Charleston may request an alarm to be installed in their home by calling Fire Department Headquarters at 843-740-2616 to request one.

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