CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- It was the greatest loss of firefighters in the United States since the 9/11 attack on the World Trade Center.
Monday marks the fifth anniversary of the Sofa Super Store fire that claimed the lives of nine Lowcountry firefighters.
Officials say the fire began at the Sofa Super Store on Savannah Highway on June 18, 2007 with an ignited pile of packing material and discarded furniture on the loading dock. The end result was a flashover and collapse of the roof.
The deaths of the nine firefighters spawned investigations into the firefighting procedures and policy of the Charleston Fire Department, and as the community has continued to recover from the loss, the fire department has worked on ways to improve firefighting techniques.
The Charleston Fire Department will host a memorial ceremony at the site of the old Sofa Super Store on Savannah Highway on Monday at 7 p.m. Grief counselors from the Coastal Crisis Chaplaincy will be on hand at the memorial Monday night to offer support for anyone there that may need it.
Also, at 7:30 p.m., ABC News 4 will air a 30-minute special marking the 5-year anniversary of the fire. It will air until 8 p.m.
We will take a look back at the lives lost, the lives affected and the lessons learned. Hear more about how the night unfolded and hear from community leaders and those who were there that fateful night.
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