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Red Cross opens shelter following early morning apartment fire

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CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- Volunteers with the Lowcountry American Red Cross provided shelter for 22 people following an early morning apartment fire Saturday.

Officials with the Red Cross say Charleston firefighters responded to Grand Oak Apartments on Magwood Drive. A small fire was contained to one apartment, according to Charleston Fire Department spokesperson Mark Ruppel. The initial call came in at 12:06 a.m. Saturday.

Officials say the fire caused the apartment sprinkler system to activate which impacted 36 units and approximately 36 people.

The Red Cross has opened a shelter at Grace on Ashley Baptist Church on Bees Ferry Drive to house and feed those displaced by the fire. 14 of the victims are being helped by family and friends. The Red Cross says additional assistance will be provided after needs have been assessed.

The Charleston Fire Department says the fire may have started on or near a couch in one of the apartments. The official cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Nobody was hurt in the fire. The estimated cost of the blaze has not yet been determined.

Stay with ABC News 4 as we continue to work on this developing story.

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