“Pickens County Sheriff’s Office Assists Liberty Fire Department in Fatal Fire Investigation “

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The Pickens County Sheriff’s Office is currently conducting a joint investigation with the Liberty Fire Department into the circumstances of a structural fire that occurred this morning at 401 Morning Dew Court.

A fire was reported at approximately 11:20am with information that a residence was on fire and that an occupant may be trapped inside the residence. Fire and EMS personnel arrived on the scene and discovered heavy smoke inside the single story modular home.

An adult female advised first responders that she lived at the location and was asleep when she was woken up by the sound of her dog barking. The interior of the residence was filled with dark smoke and she escaped through a bedroom window.

Fire Service personnel located an adult male inside the residence that had not been able to escape. He was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Preliminary investigation has indicated that there were only two adults inside the residence when the incident occurred and both subjects are not blood related yet reside together along with another adult who was not at the scene when the incident occurred.

The Sheriff’s Office has requested specialized services from the SC Law Enforcement Division to assist in the investigation of the cause and origin of the fire.

Inquiries as to the identity of the deceased should be directed to the Pickens County Coroner’s Office.