Firefighters with the Anderson City Fire Department are on scene, battling a huge fire at an abandoned building on East River Street in the City of Anderson.
ANDERSON, S.C. -
Firefighters with the Anderson City Fire Department battled a huge fire at an abandoned building on East River Street late Monday night and into early Tuesday morning.
The call came in around 11:30 p.m. Monday. Crews arrived to find heavy flames coming from the back of the building. According to dispatchers, the building was abandoned and is believed to have been abandoned for several years.
Firefighters say there was some concern of the fire being close to the nearby River Oak Apartments, but crews were deployed around the building to help make sure the fire did not reach over into the complex. However, the intense heat from the flames did melt some of the siding on one of the apartments.
During the fire, our photographer on scene witnessed the roof collapse and saw debris and rubble fall on one of the firefighters. Our photographer says fellow firefighters pulled him out of the rubble, and he got back up and started fighting the blaze again. He appears to have sustained minor injuries.
Nearby power poles also caught fire. Dispatchers say numerous people experienced power outages. Duke Energy is working to restore power.
Firefighters from Broadway and Homeland Park Fire Departments in Anderson County were called in to assist with the fire.
Parts of E. River Street were shut down so firefighters could put out the fire.
Investigators are trying to determine the cause of the fire.