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Blaze damages apartment complex at St. Andrews’ “Waters at Berryhill” Tuesday

No injuries reported in midday fire...building was undergoing renovations

St. Andrews, SC (James Bowers) - Four apartment units are damaged at the “Waters at Berryhill” complex (formerly Stoney Creek Apartments) on Berryhill Road, after what Irmo Fire Marshal Brian Haley said was a fire started by, “An undetermined construction related cause.” There were no injuries reported to firefighters, construction personnel, or the public reported. Additionally, the building was currently undergoing renovations, meaning that no residents were displaced because the units were all unoccupied.

Haley says the district received a call to respond to the St. Andrews area complex at 12:35 p.m. Two ladder trucks and two engines from the IFD arrived at the Berryhill Road development, joined by a ladder truck from Lexington County Fire Service, as well as a ladder and engine from Columbia Fire Department as part of the “automatic aid” agreement between the three fire and rescue agencies. The first Irmo truck officer reported that they had smoke coming from the building’s second story when they arrived. They had received multiple calls on the fire before they had arrived on the scene through the 911 center.

The firefighters were able to quickly put a stop to the blaze in turn halting the flames spread and saving the other four units in that portion of the complex from damage. Marshal Haley says an investigation is underway to determine the cause, but so far it appears to be related to the construction work that was underway at the building.

Haley expressed Irmo Fire District’s appreciation to LCFS and CFD for their support in combating the fire. The two neighboring departments also sent ladder and engine units to the Irmo Fire District stations to cover the remainder of the district for IFD equipment and manpower that responded to the incident. The Lexington Ledger will update the story if more information becomes available.

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