A North Charleston man died in a house fire Friday morning, but three children were rescued from the blaze.
Bernard Kennedy, 68, was killed after suffering injuries in the fire, the Dorchester County Coroner s Office said. The coroner said the cause of death is under investigation pending an autopsy.
The blaze was reported around 9:30 a.m. on North Ridgebrook Drive, north of Ashley Phosphate Road in the North Charleston area.
About a dozen firefighters were on the scene and found Kennedy after ventilating an upstairs bedroom.
When crews from the Ashley River Fire Department went inside, they also found three boys ages 8, 6 and 4 huddled on a bed in a downstairs bedroom, Chief Scott Inabinet said.
That morning, the younger two boys had woken up the older one and told him there was smoke in the house.
The 8 year-old took them to the downstairs bedroom until they were found by firefighters. Their father took them to Summerville Medical Center for evaluation, Inabinet said.
Crews contained the flames to the second-floor bedroom, and only light smoke damage was reported on the first floor, Inabinet said.
The ARFD was dispatched, on scene and had put the fire out in 18 minutes.
Because we got here so quick, the house is not a total loss, he said.
The State Law Enforcement Division was investigating the cause of the fire.
Thad Moore contributed to this report. Reach Alison Graham at 843-745-5555.