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Firefighters battle blaze at West Ashley apartment complex

WEST ASHLEY, S.C. (WCIV) - Firefighters{}finished putting out an early morning fire at a West Ashley apartment complex around 11:30 a.m. Sunday.

According to fire officials, fire crews were called to the Hampton Point Apartments on Sam Rittenberg Boulevard shortly before 7 a.m. Sunday. Crews were on scene within four minutes of the call, officials said.{}

When firefighters arrived, there was smoke and visible flames coming through the roof of the laundry and maintenance building.{}Firefighters say they believe a lightning strike started the fire.

Firefighters tried to enter the building, but had to vacate it because of structural concerns. There was also a reported explosion, which fire officials believed to be related to the products being stored in the maintenance shop.

Charleston Fire Department officials say they had the fire under control by 9 a.m. but were still working to put it out{}in the rainy weather conditions.

No injuries were sustained in the blaze, but firefighters say the building is completely lost.

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