No Permit for Structure Where Fatal Fire Started

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - Charleston officials say a room and loading dock where a fire which killed nine firefighters started was built without a city permit.

The Charleston Post and Courier reports today the city is investigating to determine if a permit would have required the Sofa Super Store to have additional fire walls or a sprinkler system.

There were no sprinkler systems in either a large warehouse or in the furniture showroom where the nine firefighters died in the June 18th blaze.

The area between the warehouse and the showroom had been empty space. Building officials did --not-- realize something had been built until they saw aerial photos after last week's fire.

Store owner Herb Goldstein told the newspaper he didn't know he needed a permit.