Today marks the 6th Anniversary of the tragic Sofa Super Store fire in West Ashley which took the lives of nine Charleston firefighters. At the time, it was the worst firefighting tragedy since the September 11th attacks in 2001.
Be sure to take a moment to pause and remember the 9 people lost that day:
- Captain Mike Benke
- Captain William "Billy" Hutchinson
- Captain Louis Mulkey
- Bradford "Brad" Baity
- Mark Kelsey
- Melvin Champaign
- James "Earl" Drayton
- Michael French
- Brandon Thompson
Here are some stories related to the tragedy:
- Charleston to hold ceremony to mark the 6th anniversary of the Sofa Super Store fire (Post & Courier).
- Timeline from June 18th, 2007.
- Mother of Charleston firefighter killed in Sofa Super Store blaze wants better memorial for 9 who died (Post & Courier).
- Charleston 9 Documentary Released Online.
- CFD remembers the past, looks ahead to future (ABC News 4).
- Firefighters endure survival training remembering the Charleston 9 (Live 5 News).
- Charleston Fire Department now a model of 'constant change' (ABC News 4).
- Charleston remembers the fallen nine (Live 5 News).
- Tuesday marks 6th anniversary of Sofa Super Store fire (WCBD).
- Honoring The Charleston Nine (ABC News 4).