We want like to take a moment to welcome you to Colucci's Jewelers - North Charleston's premier jewelry store for more than 60 years. We are so happy that you decided to visit our website! We hope that while you're here, you will begin to get a sense of why so many customers choose Colucci's Jewelers over other jewelry stores near North Charleston, SC.
In an industry known for snobby salespeople and overpriced items, Colucci's Jewelers brings warm smiles and affordable prices to jewelry shoppers in the Lowcountry. Unlike other jewelers near North Charleston, the Colucci team focuses on providing customers with an unmatched jewelry experience, from the moment they pull into our parking lot to the minute they leave our showroom. We believe our customers deserve special attention, and our goal is to provide them with friendly, personalized service every time they visit.
The Colucci Difference
As a certified jeweler with more than 50 years in the industry, Stefan Colucci has built his reputation on excellence and execution. With a wealth of knowledge and a passion for precision, Stefan pours his heart into every custom-made piece of jewelry, repair, restoration, and appraisal that he completes at Colucci's Jewelers. With consistent craftsmanship and impressive attention to detail, Stefan's ability to cater to all your jewelry needs will exceed your expectations every time.
While Stefan focuses on creating unforgettable custom jewelry for you or your loved one, his wife Summer specializes in customer service. Kind, patient, and knowledgeable in her own right, Summer will take all the time necessary to answer your questions and guide you through the jewelry selection process. Whether you're stressed out looking for the perfect diamond engagement ring or need to restore a priceless family heirloom, Summer will make sure you receive the attention you deserve.
When you shop at Colucci's Jewelry, understand that we will never try to pressure you into a purchase or provide you with lackluster service if you're "window shopping." We treat each of our customers with the same exceptional care, whether they are repeat clients or new faces.
Colucci's is a name you can trust - there's a reason we were voted Best Jeweler in 2019 by Readers Choice!
We offer several different jewelry styles and services near North Charleston, from breathtaking engagement rings to extensive repairs. Keep reading to learn more about a few of our specialties.
Diamond Engagement Rings near North Charleston
Proposing to the love of your life is one of the most beautiful, memorable moments that two people will ever share as a couple. An engagement ring symbolizes love and acceptance; it epitomizes trust and commitment. While no two proposals will ever be exactly the same, there is one constant that will always remain true: the diamond engagement ring you choose from Colucci's Jewelers will give you a lifetime of pleasure and contentment.
We understand that choosing the right engagement ring is one of the most important decisions you can make. That is why we pair the finest engagement jewelry near North Charleston, SC, with one-on-one showings and helpful advice - to ensure that you discover dazzling rings at an affordable price. With the Colucci team by your side, we take second-guessing out of the equation, so you can focus on popping the question with confidence. After all, a diamond engagement ring is meant to be cherished for a lifetime!
Factors to Consider Before Buying an Engagement Ring
We find that taking the time to give our clients as much information as possible makes their experience easier and more enjoyable. Before you visit our store in person, consider the following factors when choosing an engagement ring:
- Ring Size: Knowing your fiance's ring size is crucial, especially if you're planning a surprise without her knowing. Borrow one of her rings and bring it to Colucci's Jewelers, and we will measure free of charge. For the perfect fit, we can also resize her ring when the time is right.
- Jewelry Preference: Sapphire? Ruby? Emerald? Diamond? At Colucci Jewelry, we have a wide range of gemstones to choose from which to choose, as well as settings and metal types. Ask your fiancee's friends or family for tips, or better yet, ask her yourself if you can do so without spoiling the surprise.
- 4 C's: The four C's represent color, clarity, cut, and carat weight. If you're just starting your search, this system might be foreign to you, but it is a trusted grading system used throughout the world. We recommend you visit Colucci's Jewelers for a quick education on this system, so you can find a quality diamond at a price that fits within your budget.
On-Site Jewelry Services near North Charleston
With regular care and maintenance, your piece of fine jewelry from Colucci's Jewelers will give you a lifetime of enjoyment. Whether your favorite emerald necklace needs cleaning or a small diamond in your engagement ring is loose, we are happy to help. With more than 50 years of experience as Colucci's Jewelers' in-house repair expert, Stefan Colucci will handle your jewelry with care and compassion. Stefan is also highly skilled at creating designer jewelry near North Charleston, SC. If you have a grand idea for a custom jewelry project, Stefan will consult with you one-on-one to turn your dream into reality.
In addition to the above services, Colucci Jewelers also offers:
- Class Rings
- Cash for Gold
- Gold Dealer Services
- Consignment Services
- Custom Diamond Engagement Rings
- Luxury Watches
- Luxury Watch Repair
- Rhodium Plating
- Same-Day Jewelry Repair
- Gold Coins for Sale
Don't risk sending your jewelry off to another state or country to be repaired by someone you can't see or talk to - as the premier on-site jewelry store near North Charleston, we will handle all of your jewelry needs in person, with hard work and a smile.
If you need to get your fine jewelry appraised for insurance purposes, Colucci's Jewelers can help.
It's a great idea to get your jewelry appraised periodically. As the years pass along, the value of your precious metals and gemstones can fluctuate. If your last appraisal was more than two years ago, you could run into problems with your insurance coverage. If your jewelry is insured for less than its replacement value, you could lose a substantial amount of money if it is stolen or lost.
To help prevent situations like this from happening, our on-site jeweler Stefan Colucci will provide you with an up-to-date appraisal report based on your jewelry's current market value. That way, you can update your insurance accordingly.
We also specialize in estate jewelry appraisals, so you know exactly how much your old jewelry is worth if you are thinking of selling.
Our appraisal services include:
- Diamond Appraisals
- Insurance Appraisals
- Court Appraisals
- Estate Jewelry Appraisals
- Cash Offer for Appraised Jewelry
Jewelry Appraisal Services near North Charleston
Sell Your Jewelry near North Charleston
Selling jewelry from years past can be a hard experience. Estate jewelry, in particular, can have sentimental value attached and can be hard to sell. This is because jewelry is often a symbol of achievement or affection, such as your class ring from high school or your grandmother's wedding band. At Colucci's Jewelers, we understand the connection to old jewelry and appreciate the memories and value you have with these antique pieces.
In addition to the personal value, antique and estate jewelry can be quite valuable from a monetary standpoint. Estate jewelry is extremely popular in this day and age. Many Lowcountry locals are selling their vintage pieces to trusted jewelry stores near North Charleston, SC, like Colucci's Jewelers.
Many customers choose to sell their jewelry to Colucci's Jewelers because we offer an intimate, honest experience - something that you will certainly not receive if you list your jewelry for sale on an internet marketplace. We will be upfront with you every step of the way to help separate personal value from monetary value, and will present you with a fair offer to consider.
If you are interested in selling your jewelry, we encourage you to visit our showroom to meet our staff and get an accurate appraisal of your jewelry's worth.
We buy a multitude of different jewelry, including:
- Estate Jewelry
- Custom Jewelry
- Antique Jewelry
- Male Wedding Rings
- Female Wedding Rings
- Engagement Rings
- All-Things Rolex
North Charleston's Most Trusted Jewelry Store
We are proud and grateful to have served thousands of customers looking for quality jewelry and a relaxed, no-pressure atmosphere. We would love the opportunity to speak with you face-to-face so that we can learn what you're looking for and what you love about jewelry. Whether you're looking for a custom diamond engagement ring or need friendly advice about what looks right, we are here help.
Latest News in North Charleston, SC
Tornado watch in Charleston area
Post and Courierhttps://www.postandcourier.com/moultrie-news/news/tornado-watch-in-charleston-area/article_945ef260-476e-11ee-acaa-f32128ad782d.html
Idalia Update #3Charleston County remains at OPCON 2 as Idalia approaches South Carolina. According to the National Weather Service, the main threats include tornadoes, heavy rain, flooding and gusty winds. Carta buses will continue to bring people to the shelter until it is no longer safe to operate.“The worst of the storm is expected to move through the area this evening and into the night”, said Charleston County Emergency Management Director Joe Coates. “Please stay off the roads tonight as floodwaters are...
Idalia Update #3
Charleston County remains at OPCON 2 as Idalia approaches South Carolina. According to the National Weather Service, the main threats include tornadoes, heavy rain, flooding and gusty winds. Carta buses will continue to bring people to the shelter until it is no longer safe to operate.
“The worst of the storm is expected to move through the area this evening and into the night”, said Charleston County Emergency Management Director Joe Coates. “Please stay off the roads tonight as floodwaters are difficult to see in the dark. If you do receive a tornado warning from The National Weather Service, make sure you move into an interior room inside your home with no windows.”
Charleston County Government buildings and Charleston County Libraries and book drops will remain closed on Thursday, August 31.
High wind and bridge procedures
• Charleston County’s high wind and bridge procedures can be found online.
Citizens Information Line
• Open Wednesday, August 30, to 12 a.m.
• Open Thursday, August 31, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
• English/Spanish: 843.746.3900.
• Address: 3841 Leeds Avenue, North Charleston, SC 29405.
• The shelter will be open until 10 a.m. Thursday, August 31.
• Residents who need transportation to the shelter need to call the Citizens Information Line.
• Pets are allowed, but residents must stay with their animals and cannot drop them off.
• Residents need to bring comfort items to the shelter with them.
Curbside Recycling, the Bees Ferry Landfill and Convenience Centers
• The Bees Ferry Landfill and Charleston County Convenience Centers will be closed Thursday, August 31.
• There will be no curbside recycling on Thursday, August 31. If your recycling service day is Thursday, August 31, your service will resume on Thursday, September 14, your next scheduled service day. Any overflow material can be dropped off at one of Charleston County’s many recycling drop sites. For location information, visit recycle.charlestoncouty.org.
Downtown Parking Garages
• Charleston County’s Parking Garages located at Queen and King Streets and 90 Cumberland are free and open. Vehicles must be removed by 6 p.m. on Thursday, August 31.
• Thursday, August 31: bond hearings at 7:00 p.m. only.
Online Damage Reporting
• Charleston County Residents can report damage on Charleston County’s online damage page.
Residents are encouraged to follow Charleston County Government on social media, download our 2023 Hurricane Guide, and sign up for our Citizen’s Alert System.
Tornado warning issued Charleston County
CHARLESTON - Another tornado warning as been posted in portions of Charleston and Dorchester counties.It remains in effect until 4:15 p.m.A severe thunderstorm capable of producing a tornado was located over Magnolia Gardens at 3:38 p.m. The storm was moving north at 35 mph. Radar images indicated rotation in the storm.Impacted areas include North Charleston, Summerville, Ladson, and Magnolia Gardens. The warning also includes I-26 between mile markers 205 and 209.The National Weather Service has reported a weak t...
CHARLESTON - Another tornado warning as been posted in portions of Charleston and Dorchester counties.
It remains in effect until 4:15 p.m.
A severe thunderstorm capable of producing a tornado was located over Magnolia Gardens at 3:38 p.m. The storm was moving north at 35 mph. Radar images indicated rotation in the storm.
Impacted areas include North Charleston, Summerville, Ladson, and Magnolia Gardens. The warning also includes I-26 between mile markers 205 and 209.
The National Weather Service has reported a weak tornado touched down in Goose Creek Aug. 30, flipping a car but otherwise not causing damage.
The vehicle was flipped at the intersection of Camelot Drive and South Goose Greek Boulevard.
The tornado warning started just before noon Aug. 30 for areas include Johns Island, Hollywood, Ravenel, Meggett, Yonges Island and Wadmalaw Island.
A severe thunderstorm capable of producing a tornado was located over Yonges Island, moving north at 25 mph.
The NWS warning noted that “flying debris will be dangerous to those caught without shelter. Mobile homes will be damaged or destroyed. Damage to roofs, windows, and vehicles will occur. Tree damage is likely.”
BEAUFORT — Hurricane Idalia made landfall in Florida just before 8 a.m. on Aug. 30, and since then it’s been working its way across Georgia toward Beaufort County.
Rain, intense at times, has been falling in the county throughout the day, though winds at mid-afternoon were still mild.
While the storm’s exact path and projected impacts are constantly evolving, one thing is nearly certain. It’s going to get worse before it gets better.
The heaviest rains and strongest winds are still to come according to the current forecast.
Local institutions are making preparations for the storm’s arrival, and a number of closures and schedule modifications have been reported.
What to know - Schools
The Beaufort County School District announced eLearning and remote workdays for its students and staff on Aug. 30 and 31. All school district buildings will be closed those days. Extracurricular activities and afterschool programs scheduled for Aug. 30 and 31 have been canceled.
All classes at the Technical College of the Lowcountry are canceled and the campus is closed Aug. 30 and 31.
All online and in-person classes at the University of South Carolina Beaufort are canceled Aug. 30 and 31. Residence halls and ding halls will remain open but may have limited services. All other university offices will also be closed. Classes are expected to resume Sept. 1.
What to know - Government
Officials in Beaufort County declared a state of emergency that will remain in effect until Sept. 3.
The declaration allows government officials to take any action necessary to mitigate emergencies caused by Hurricane Idalia. These actions may include imposing curfews, reentry procedures and any other short term emergency matters.
No curfews or limitations on travel have been enacted in the county at this time.
Hilton Head Island Mayor Alan Perry has likewise declared a local state of emergency for Hilton Head Island beginning Aug. 30 and continuing through Sept. 3.
“Emergency measures are necessary to cope with the existing and anticipated dangers presented by Hurricane Idalia,” Perry said in a press release.
The following local governments will be closed Aug. 30 and 31:
The Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office Emergency Management Center was activated at 2 p.m. It will remain operations through the duration of the storm to address any storm-related emergencies.
The Town of Yemassee will be closed Aug. 30. Offices are tentatively scheduled to reopen Aug. 31, though a final decision based on current conditions will be made in the afternoon of Aug. 30.
Beaufort County Convenience Centers will be closed Aug. 30 and 31, and all county Parks and Recreation programs are canceled.
Jasper County is opening an emergency shelter at Ridgeland School located at 250 Jaguar Trail in Ridgeland. The shelter will open at 10 a.m. Aug. 30. The shelter can accommodate pets.
Officials recommend that people utilizing the facility bring:
Residents with pets must bring: a crate; pet food; vaccination records; rabies certificate; most recent heartworm test; most recent FeLV/FIV test result (for cats); at least a seven-day supply of their medications; litter and litter box (for cats); cleaning supplies; and food and water bowls. Pets who are not service animals will not be permitted in the main shelter area due to safety considerations.
What to know - Travel
Hilton Head Island Airport and Beaufort Executive Airport remain open, but all commercial flights in and out of Hilton Head Island Airport have been canceled for Aug. 30. Travelers are advised to check with their carriers for any possible flight delays and cancellations.
According to the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office, there are no plans to restrict driving within the county. However, residents and visitors are encouraged to limit unnecessary travel during peak storm hours. Standing water may be possible on roadways due to rain accumulation. Use extra caution when driving.
The Daufuskie Island Ferry service will be suspended beginning Aug. 30 following the 11:30 a.m. departure. The 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. ferries departing Buckingham and 2:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. ferries departing Melrose Landing are canceled.
Ferry service may resume Aug. 31 based on conditions and an assessment of the docks and boats. Be aware that the captain can suspend operations anytime it is unsafe to travel. Unscheduled delays and cancellations may occur without notice.
The parking lots at both Melrose Landing on Daufuskie and Buckingham Landing in Bluffton are in very low-lying areas and are prone to flooding. Parking in those locations is not recommended until the storm passes. Drivers are advised to move vehicles to the Daufuskie Island Visitors Center parking lot, located at Tanger 2 Hilton Head Outlets on Fording Island Road.
What to know - Utilities
Power outages can be reported to Dominion Energy at 888-333-4465, while suspected gas leaks should be reported at 800-815-0083.
Customers of Palmetto Electric Cooperative Inc., can report outages at 866-445-5551.
The Beaufort Jasper Water and Sewer Authority offices are closed Aug. 30 and 31. Maintenance crews will respond as conditions allow.
What to know - Military
No evacuation order has been given as of this time for the Marine Corps Air Station - Beaufort. Efforts to prepare Marine Corps Recruit Depot - Parris Island for the storm are reported to be underway.
Weaker Idalia pushes through the Carolinas
City Paper Staffhttps://charlestoncitypaper.com/2023/08/30/hurricane-idalia-knocks-at-south-carolinas-door/
Updated 8:20 p.m., Aug. 30, 2023 | A weaker but still potent Tropical Storm Idalia crossed into South Carolina Wednesday evening as residents watched the nightly television news. With maximum sustained winds of 65 mph, the storm was 60 miles west of Charleston at 8 p.m., moving in a northeasterly direction at 21 mph, according to the National Hurricane Center (NHC).But with a Blue supermoon pulling tides higher th...
Updated 8:20 p.m., Aug. 30, 2023 | A weaker but still potent Tropical Storm Idalia crossed into South Carolina Wednesday evening as residents watched the nightly television news. With maximum sustained winds of 65 mph, the storm was 60 miles west of Charleston at 8 p.m., moving in a northeasterly direction at 21 mph, according to the National Hurricane Center (NHC).
But with a Blue supermoon pulling tides higher than normal, storm surge and flooding remained a concern Wednesday night in the Charleston area. A storm surge warning and tropical storm warning remained in effect for the Lowcountry coast.
“The center of Idalia will move near or along the coast of South Carolina through tonight, and then just offshore of the coast of North Carolina on Thursday,” the NHC forecast said. “Idalia will then move eastward over the western Atlantic into the weekend.
“Maximum sustained winds have decreased to near 65 mph with higher gusts. Some additional weakening is forecast through tonight, but Idalia is expected to remain a tropical storm while it moves near the coasts of South Carolina and North Carolina.”
Isolated tornadoes, such as a weak one that apparently flipped a car on U.S. Highway 52 in Goose Creek, also remain a threat in the Palmetto State until the storm moves into North Carolina in the early hours of Thursday. – Andy Brack
Updated 3 p.m., Aug. 30, 2023 | S.C. Gov. Henry McMaster on Wednesday said state and county leaders are ready for Hurricane Idalia’s arrival as it moves north from Georgia. There will be no evacuation orders and no state agencies are planning to close as a result of the storm, he said, adding people should stay home and stay informed in the hours ahead.
“We don’t think it’s going to be as destructive [as] some, but there will be a lot of water, especially in the Lowcountry,” McMaster said. “Estimates are from Georgetown to Myrtle Beach (for) one to two feet of water, but down in Beaufort it will be higher than that.
“We’re hoping that the storm will weaken as it goes across ground, which is what they usually do,” he added. “But we’re asking everyone to realize that these storms are dangerous. There will be water on the roads that does not appear to be deep, but … if you can’t see the road, don’t drive on it.”
According to the city of Charleston, “the primary threat to the Charleston area remains heavy rainfall and major coastal flooding associated with King tides. Charleston is currently forecast to receive 2 to 4 inches of rain tonight into tomorrow morning. The King tide prediction has increased to 8’5” and is expected to peak at 8:24 p.m. tonight.
Sustained wind speeds could reach 60 mph, with gusts up to 80 mph. Tropical storm-force winds and heavy rainbands are expected to arrive as early as this afternoon.
McMaster urged residents to stay inside as much as possible. And to get all information from official sources.
“There’s always a lot of chatter on social media,” he said. “A lot of it is right, but most of it is wrong. If you get your information from official sources, you will be much better informed.”
In Charleston, police are mobilizing under a specific hurricane plan, according to Sergeant Anthony Gibson.
“You will definitely see more officers out and about today and through tomorrow in preparation for the storm,” he said. “The Municipal Emergency Operation Center is open, and we have extended to 12-hours shifts, and increased staffing across the city so we can respond to anything that comes our way. We also have officers dedicated to road closures and setting barricades out for flooding roadways.”
Updated 11:30 a.m., Aug. 30, 2023 | Hurricane Idalia, now a Category 2 hurricane with sustained winds of 90 mph, is along the southern border of Georgia heading toward the South Carolina coast later today.
“Although Idalia will weaken further while the center is inland, it is still expected to be a hurricane through this afternoon or evening while moving across southeastern Georgia and southern South Carolina,” according to the latest forecast from the National Hurricane Center (NHC). “Idalia is forecast to be a tropical storm while moving near the coasts of northeastern South Carolina and North Carolina tonight and on Thursday.”
There are several warnings and watches relevant to South Carolinians, according to the NHC. Warnings mean associated conditions are likely in an area, while watches indicate the possibility of those conditions:
Updated 8:34 a.m., Aug. 30, 2023 | Hurricane Idalia, which struck Florida’s Gulf Coast this morning as a Category 3 storm with 120 mph winds, will spin its heavy rain, storm surge and bluster into South Carolina late this evening.
As of 8 a.m. today, a hurricane warning was in effect for the coasts of Georgia and southern part of South Carolina. The rest of the state’s coast was under a tropical storm warning.
Tropical storm force winds (39 mph to 73 mph) should arrive in the Palmetto State in midafternoon. By the time the center of Idalia gets to South Carolina late Wednesday or early Thursday, forecasters say it will again be a tropical storm, but its impact could be significant due to the confluence of heavy rains, wind and a supermoon that will exacerbate flooding and storm surge.
Local schools generally have a half-day today and will be closed Thursday for an e-learning day. People in businesses and homes have been preparing by securing property, stockpiling goods and bringing in things in yards that could soar.
This morning in Florida, the National Hurricane Center said the eye of Idalia was moving inland at 18 mph in a north-northeasterly direction along the Big Bend Coast with catastrophic storm surge and damaging hurricane-force winds.
On Monday, S.C. Gov. Henry McMaster declared a state of emergency ahead of Idalia’s arrival. He encouraged residents to make preparations and keep tuned into the latest developments.
“Although South Carolina may avoid the worst of Hurricane Idalia’s impacts, this state of emergency is issued out of an abundance of caution to ensure that we have the necessary resources in place to respond to flooding events and are able to respond quickly if the forecast worsens,” McMaster said in a statement.
Also Monday, Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg said the city was taking aggressive steps to prepare because the storm is anticipated to hit Charleston Wednesday night when the area is likely to experience a higher-than-normal king tide of nearly 8 feet.
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Where you can find sandbag supplies across the Lowcountry
CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) – Municipalities across the Lowcountry are offering sandbags to residents and businesses to help them prepare for any potential impacts from Hurricane Idalia.The storm, which is expected to be a major hurricane when it strikes Florida’s west coast, is forecast to weaken before it reaches South Carolina on Wednesday.Much of the area will see heavy rain, flooding, gusty winds, and a chance for isolated tornadoes.Residents can find sandbag supplies where they live to help prevent damage a...
CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) – Municipalities across the Lowcountry are offering sandbags to residents and businesses to help them prepare for any potential impacts from Hurricane Idalia.
The storm, which is expected to be a major hurricane when it strikes Florida’s west coast, is forecast to weaken before it reaches South Carolina on Wednesday.
Much of the area will see heavy rain, flooding, gusty winds, and a chance for isolated tornadoes.
Residents can find sandbag supplies where they live to help prevent damage associated with flooding and rising water during the storm.
City of Charleston
The city will make sandbags available in three different locations beginning Tuesday for residents who need them. Locations include:
Sandbag operations will take place between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. There will be a limited supply of free sand and bags Residents should bring their own shovels to assemble the sandbags. Staff will be on-site for assistance.
City of North Charleston
North Charleston will begin sandbag operations on Tuesday from 5:00 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. and on Wednesday from 8:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m.
Sandbag operations will be self-serve only.
The Town of Mount Pleasant will offer sandbags starting Tuesday at noon. People should bring their own shovels.
Isle of Palms
Sand and sandbags will be available for Isle of Palms residents at no charge beginning Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. Residents are responsible for filling their own sandbags.
Sandbags are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. There is a limit of 10 per person.
Sandbags are available on a first-come, first-served basis at several sites in Berkeley County.
Additional locations may be announced as needed.
The county will provide sand and bags at five locations; however, people should bring their own shovels. There is a limit of 10 sandbags per resident or business owner.
City of Georgetown
The City of Georgetown will begin sandbag distribution on Tuesday at 3:00 p.m. There is a 10-bag limit per person.
Williamsburg County Public Works Department will be issuing six sandbags on a first come first serve basis. They will begin giving them out at 8:00 a.m. on Wednesday, until supplies last.
HOW TO PROPERLY FILL/PLACE SANDBAGS
Count on 2 for updates as additional sandbag locations are announced.
9 adults, 3 children displaced after North Charleston fire, officials say
The North Charleston Fire Department says Ashley Phosphate Road is partially open as crews remain on scene of a fire involving multiple mobile homes.NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - The North Charleston Fire Department provided updated information Wednesday on a fire that damaged several mobile homes and required the temporary closure of a major roadway late Tuesday afternoon.A total of nine adults and three children have been displaced by the fire, which damaged five homes on Beret Street, Assistant Fire Chief Chris Rainey said...
The North Charleston Fire Department says Ashley Phosphate Road is partially open as crews remain on scene of a fire involving multiple mobile homes.
NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - The North Charleston Fire Department provided updated information Wednesday on a fire that damaged several mobile homes and required the temporary closure of a major roadway late Tuesday afternoon.
A total of nine adults and three children have been displaced by the fire, which damaged five homes on Beret Street, Assistant Fire Chief Chris Rainey said. EMS took one North Charleston firefighter to an area hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.
The fire department responded to a 911 call at 4:48 p.m. The first crews to arrive at the scene reported heavy smoke and flames coming from a single-family home.
“Crews made entry to extinguish the fire,” Rainey said. “Firefighters encountered heavy fire and heat inside the home. All residents had evacuated the home.”
They spotted fire extending to a second home and Rainey said high-wind conditions hampered efforts to put out the fires and caused flames to spread to three additional homes.
“This fire has been a wind-driven fire,” North Charleston Fire Safety Coordinator Laura Kondor said at the scene Tuesday night.
Firefighters were able to prevent the fire from spreading to a sixth home, Rainey said.
Kondor said the homes affected by the fire were either a complete loss or partially damaged.
John Marlowe lives across the street from where the fire broke out. He said he was doing yard work when he looked up and saw his neighbor’s home engulfed in flames.
“I was just weed-eating the yard and I looked across the street and saw a bunch of flames coming out of a house,” Marlowe said.
He said he ran over and grabbed a water hose, trying to put out the fire, but there wasn’t enough pressure in the hose to help.
“A bunch of houses went on fire; six houses went down and all of them my friends. All of them are without a home now,” Marlowe said.
Officials with the North Charleston Fire Department said there was not enough water supply in the area to support the amount of fire trucks on scene.
Officials said several power lines were also affected.
The fire forced officials to shut down a portion of Ashley Phosphate Road near the Cathedral of Praise to extend fire hoses for several hours, Rainey said.
Investigators are still working to determine the cause of the fire.
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