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Elder Charleston man dead after fire off Meeting Street

Charleston man dies in fire downtown off Meeting Street, Dec. 6 (WCIV)

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Update, 10:30 a.m., Dec. 10

Charleston Police say the coroner's office has ruled the victim's death a homicide. The victim has been identified as Robert White, 82. (READ MORE HERE)

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Update, 9:30 a.m., Dec. 6

Charleston Fire Department officials confirm one man is dead Thursday morning following a house fire near the corner of Meeting and Addison Streets.

The fire was reported shortly before 7 a.m., firefighters say. An elder man was found dead inside the home when crews arrived.

Both the cause of the fire and the man's death are under investigation by the Charleston Fire Department fire marshal and the Charleston County Coroner's Office.

The man who died is believed to have lived alone, CFD says.The fire spread to one adjacent home, causing minimal damage.

CFD crews were able to quickly extinguish the flames at the second home, and the family living there was unhurt.

Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg was present on the scene as of 8 a.m., and stayed for about half an hour.

A spokesperson for the mayor said afterward “Given the seriousness of the fire, the mayor wanted to support our first responders and get a full update from the chief on the scene.”

Meeting Street's southbound lanes near Addison Street remained closed as of 9:30 a.m.

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ORIGINAL STORY

Charleston Fire Department units were called to a reported structure fire on Addison Street early Thursday morning.

The call went out just before 7:00 a.m., according to a supervisor with Charleston County Consolidated Dispatch.

Addison Street is located off Meeting Street near its intersection with Romney Street.

Heavy smoke was seen coming from the area as of almost 7:30 a.m.

Several small single-family homes are located on Addison Street. It's uncertain if one or multiple structures have been damaged or if anyone is hurt.

ABC News 4 has asked a Charleston Fire Department for additional information about the response.

Drivers should avoid the area expect to see smoke along nearby Interstate 26.

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