Man killed in Berkeley County fire identified

BERKELEY COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - The Berkeley County Coroner's Office has identified the 57-year-old man killed in a house fire Wednesday in Pineville.

Jonathan Boone died in Wednesday's fire, which started just after sunrise along Highway 45.

According to the coroner's office, Boone's death has been ruled accidental after an autopsy was performed. The cause of death is listed as respiratory arrest due to smoke inhalation.

Two men driving along Highway 45 witnessed the fire in it's early stages Wednesday and called 9-1-1.

"You could see a little bit of fire from the front but you couldn't see through the windows it was real foggy and smoky," said a witness that did not want to be identified.

Firefighters found the body of a man in the living room, but were not able to revive him.

"They found the gentlemen laying on the ground in the dining room area," says Berkeley County Coroner Bill Salisbury. "The inside of the home was gutted."

The State Law Enforcement Division and the Berkeley County Sheriff's Office are investigating the cause of the fire.

The victim is the first fire death in Berkeley County in 2012.

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