Fire lit the Wednesday evening sky as a Johns Island construction site on Maybank Highway was engulfed in flames. Several crews of firefighters responded to the massive fire of an apartment complex that was under construction, according to WCSC. No one received major injuries.

Firefighters arrived on the scene to find a three-story building completely enveloped by flames, with fire spreading to a second building, according to published reports. As units were putting out fire in the second building, the first one collapsed. Maybank Highway was closed both ways as firefighters responded to the fire. 

Charleston Fire Department Chief Fire Marshal Mike Julazadeh said an agent with the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is assisting in the investigation of the cause of the fire. 

One firefighter was checked out on scene for possible heat exhaustion, but wasn’t transported by EMS. No other injuries were reported. 

In other headlines:

Charleston bolsters fight against underage drinking. The City of Charleston has partnered with New York-based company Intellicheck to bring its devices that authenticate driver’s licenses and IDs to 31 bars on King Street.

Davis, local player for Virginia football, laid to rest. Lavel Davis Jr. was one of three University of Virginia football players who were gunned down Nov. 13. Davis was a star football player in Dorchester County. Hundreds attended his Wednesday funeral.

Right-wing legislators sue Charleston Co. schools over CRT claims. A group of S.C. House legislators have filed a lawsuit against Charleston County School District over claims that schools in the district are teaching critical race theory. The suit claims the district violated state laws to fund lessons the group says teaches students to discriminate against others.

Charleston Co. housing expert exits after 14 months. Charleston County’s affordable housing expert, Darrell Davis, reportedly resigned in frustration after less than 14 months on the job. Davis was in charge of the county’s effort to develop a $20 million housing plan and said the county administration wouldn’t let him work directly with the County Council.

Berkeley Co.’s first all-inclusive park nears completion. City of Goose Creek officials announced a grand opening celebration on December 16 and December 17 for the new Central Creek Park. The 13-acre park will include a 26,145 square-foot playground, an activity area with covered spaces, foot splash pad, four pickleball courts and basketball and volleyball courts.

New map details food pantries, resources across South Carolina. Clemson University and S.C. DHEC has been working on an interactive map designed to pinpoint food resources available in every county across the state. The map details where and when pantries are open, as well as other specific information like if any requirements are needed to receive food.

Lawyers in charge of Murdaugh’s finances seek $374K in fees. A team of court-appointed lawyers spent the last year investigating and liquidating former lawyer Alex Murdaugh’s assets to raise nearly $1.3 million for his alleged victims. The team is asking to be paid $374,000 for their efforts.

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