Charleston Tragedy

  • Fire Service Learns from Charleston's Mistakes

    The Phase II Report blamed the Charleston Fire Department in the deaths of nine firefighters last year at the site of the Sofa Super Store on June 18. Last fall, officials from the Charleston Fire Department -- including Chief Rusty Thomas -- traveled to...

    Article • June 17th, 2008

  • 'Charleston 9' Remembered on Anniversary of Tragic Blaze

    Last June 18, nine Charleston firefighters walked out of their homes for the last time. CHARLESTON, S.C. -- "June 18 was the worst day of my life." That's how Michael Campbell feels about the day he lost his best friend in the world -- Michael...

    Article • June 17th, 2008

  • 'Charleston 9' Remembered: A Timeline of Events

    Late in the evening of June 18, 2007, Firehouse.Com began receiving reports of a tragedy in the city of Charleston, S.C.

    Article • June 17th, 2008

  • Counselors Continue to Help Charleston Pick Up the Pieces Following Tragedy

    Before the ashes cooled at the Sofa Super Store, counselors at the local state mental health center had started an effort to help survivors. CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Memories of the Charleston 9 will live forever. They were husbands, fathers, brothers...

    Article • May 30th, 2008

  • Charleston 9 Families Hear of Last Moments

    There was no incident commander at the June 18 fire that claimed 9 firefighters. CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Families of the Charleston 9 today learned about their loved ones' last moments and heard from the man who was supposed to have been in control that...

    Article • May 15th, 2008

  • Charleston Phase II Report: Poor Training Led to Deaths

    Inadequate training, outdated tactics and aging equipment cited in report. CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Water issues, inadequate training, no truck operations, building code violations, communications problems and no incident commander. These were just a few...

    Article • May 15th, 2008

  • Charleston, S.C. Fire Chief Rusty Thomas Resigns

    Chief Rusty Thomas announced his resignation over the fire department radio Wednesday morning. CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Chief Rusty Thomas, who has come under increased scrutiny since a blaze last June claimed nine of his firefighters, announced his...

    Article • May 14th, 2008

  • Preliminary Charleston 9 NIOSH Report Released

    NIOSH's draft report on the fatal Charleston Sofa Super Store was released late Thursday by Mayor Joe Riley.  CHARLESTON, S.C. -- NIOSH's draft report on the fatal Charleston Sofa Super Store was released late Thursday by Mayor Joe Riley. The 55-page...

    Article • May 8th, 2008

  • Charleston Sofa Store Fire Report to be Released May 15

    Victim families felt to wait so long for a document that could possibly help with closure was hard for them to accept. Mayor Joe Riley announce at a noon press conference that the report put together by the city-appointed panel of experts led by Fire...

    Article • May 6th, 2008

  • Charleston Fire Discussed at Firehouse World

    J. Gordon Routley, Project Team Leader spoke to a packed ballroom at the San Diego Convention Center. The Charleston Sofa Super Store fire in Charleston, SC on June 18, 2007 saw nine firefighters killed. J.

    Article • February 5th, 2008

  • Safety and Survival Seminar Honors 'Charleston 9'

    The nation's top fire service instructors will be in Charleston in late April to share their expertise. CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Some of the nation's top fire service instructors will be in town here in late April to share their expertise. The Charleston...

    Article • February 5th, 2008

  • Charleston Fire Department Releases Progress Report

    CHARLESTON, S.C.-- The panel looking into the operations of the Charleston Fire Department before and during the fatal furniture store fire last year returned to the city this week. It was their turn to listen. The fire department presented a progress...

    Article • January 10th, 2008

  • Frustrated Charleston Firefighters Come Forward

    The three firefighters are part of a uniform committee put together by Chief Rusty Thomas.Watch Video CHARLESTON, S.C.-- They say they've been fed up for months and now for the first time three Charleston firefighters come forward. The three are...

    Article • December 11th, 2007

  • Charleston Chief Reacts to Report

    In addition to making specific recommendations, the task force prioritized the issues.CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Fire Chief Rusty Thomas said he and his men are ready to roll up their sleeves and get busy."Our priorities are safety, firefighter accountability...

    Article • October 17th, 2007

  • Second Set of Charleston Recommendations to be Released Soon

    The task force will interview every firefighter involved at the fatal blaze in June.The second set of recommendations for the Charleston Fire Department due to be released as early as this week will likely include additional steps to improve...

    Article • October 8th, 2007