Coroner ID's couple recovered in North Charleston fire

NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - The coroner's office identified the remains of an elderly couple who died Tuesday in a fire at their North Charleston home.

Roy House, 79, and his wife, Betty, 76, were pronounced dead at the scene of the fire on Mazyck Road, just off Ashley Phosphate. The coroner said both died of smoke inhalation.

A caller reporting the fire said they heard an explosion before the fire started at the home. Firefighters responded and pulled one person out of the fire almost immediately, but efforts to revive the person were unseccessful. It took firefighters 15 minutes to contain the fire.

Fire officials have not said what caused the blaze, but they do not consider it suspicious. Outside the home, a small, charred oxygen tank was visible.THey did say, however, that the fire spread quickly and they have not yet ruled out the oxygen tank as a possible cause.

Damage to the home was extensive.

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