S.C. Warehouse Fire Claims Nine Lives

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Monday night's blaze at a furniture warehouse in Charleston, S.C., took the most firefighters' lives since September 11, 2001. Witnesses called the fire a 30-foot tornado of flames. Those flames caused the roof of the building to collapse, killing nine of the firefighters.

Capt. Ray Gorham is the active duty commander with the St. Andrews Public Service District Fire Department in South Carolina. His department was one of the fire companies that responded to the blaze. Gorham talks to Anthony Brooks.



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