Firefighters are investigating after a small utility trailer was set ablaze near a home on Charleston's West Side.
Capt. Chris Cooper, a Charleston fire shift commander, said firefighters were called out about 3:30 a.m. Sunday to a home in the 100 block of Lovell Drive for a small fire. Dispatchers then told firefighters as they were driving to the scene that shots were reportedly fired near the scene.
"That had us on edge," Cooper said.
When firefighters arrived they found a small utility trailer on fire. He said it turned out there were no shots fired but small explosions caused by the fire.
The trailer was pushed up against the side of a house and caused some of the siding to melt, Cooper said. Firefighters were able to extinguish the blaze quickly. The trailer was heavily damaged in the fire.
"It's definitely suspicious," Cooper said. "The timing is suspect because it happened in the middle of the night, but also there was no source of heat."
He said the utility trailer did not have any source of power.
No injuries were reported.Firefighters are investigating the fire. Anyone with information can contact the fire investigation office at 304-348-8058, or the state arson hotline at 1-800-233-3473.