Investigation Continues on Cause of Charleston Fire

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - Officials are trying to determine what caused the fire at a Charleston furniture store that killed nine firefighters earlier this week.

The Charleston Post and Courier reports the fire apparently started in an outdoor trash bin and engulfed the store and warehouse.

The newspaper reports the as the fire spread to the building, a door blew open and the flames swept inside.

Assistant Fire Chief Larry Garvin told the newspaper firefighters tried to close the door, but were unable to do so. He says firefighters started bringing in hoses, but didn't stand a chance as the sofa and chair material ignited.

Captain Jake Jenkins says the men were spread out in teams when the roof collapsed.

Captain Jeff Harrison says the fire wasn't that big when firefighters rescued two employees.