Woman dies in SC fire, nearest fire station empty

CONWAY, SC (AP) - A woman has died in a fire at a home near the South Carolina coast and officials say the fire station closest to her home was empty at the time.

Multiple media outlets reported firefighters were called to a home near Conway about 10:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Leslie Yancey with Horry County Fire Rescue says smoke and flames were coming from the mobile home when firefighters arrived.

Horry County Coroner Robert Edge says 51-year-old Angela Cannon died from smoke inhalation.

Chief Garry Alderman says a volunteer station about a half mile from the home was unmanned and Conway firefighters were the first to arrive. Alderman says only 18 of the county's 32 fire stations are staffed full-time.

He says it's unclear if a faster response could have saved the woman. The fire appeared to start in the master bedroom.

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