Cause of deadly fire in Colleton County undertermined
COLLETON COUNTY, S.C. (WCSC) - Colleton County Fire-Rescue says the cause of a fire that left a 94-year-old woman dead is undetermined.
Officials with Colleton County Fire and Rescue said the fire happened at a home on the 1200 block of Shawnee Lane at 5:57 p.m. on Thursday. According to authorities, the home is on a small dead-end rural dirt road north of the Town of Smoaks.
A report states that a neighbor’s son reported seeing an orange glow across a field and told his parents the home was on fire.
“They called 911 and ran to the residence to assist,” CCFR officials said. “The home was occupied by a 94-year-old wheelchair-bound woman. The two reported seeing flames coming from several windows in the house and the front porch was on fire. They kicked in the back door but flames erupted from the doorway, driving them away from the building.”
According to the report, attempts were made to get inside to rescue the woman, but they were driven away by the smoke and flames. Firefighters then arrived to find the home fully involved with fire coming from all of the windows and roof.
CCFR officials said after battling the blaze for 25 minutes crews were able to enter the structure.
“Sadly, the woman was found deceased in the middle of the building,” CCFR officials said. The coroner’s office was notified and responded to the scene.
CCFR Chief Barry McRoy believes the fire started around a recliner. He says smoking could be the cause of the fire, but the official ruling is that the cause is undetermined.
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