Downtown Charleston apartment fire started with cigarette

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- The fire at a downtown Charleston apartment building Sunday was started with improperly disposed cigarettes, fire officials said.

According to Charleston Fire Department officials, the fire started in the living room of a second floor apartment at The Radcliffe House at 61 Vanderhorst Street. Two people were sleeping in the apartment at the time the fire started, but were able to safely make it out of the home.

Fire investigators were able to trace the cause back to "improperly discarded smoking materials in the living room," officials said.

Fire officials said the building does not have sprinklers, but each apartment has smoke alarms.

Fire crews responded around 1 p.m. to visible smoke coming from the second floor. Firefighters said they were able to contain the fire in 10 minutes.

The two residents were displaced, officials said. The Red Cross is assisting them. Everyone else in the building was able to return to their homes.

The Radcliffe House is a five-story apartment building housing 57 single-bedroom apartments.