Woman Killed, Son Injured in South Carolina House Fire
HARLEYVILLE, SC. – According to an online news report from live5news.com, a woman was killed and her son injured December 29 in a house fire in Harleyville, South Carolina. The cause of the fire has not been confirmed.*
The fire occurred at about midnight on December 29 at a house located at 133 Victoria Drive in Harleyville. Fire crews responding to the home found 73-year-old Brenda Royal dead at the scene. Her son, who has not been identified, was injured and transported to a burn center in Augusta, Georgia. The extent of his injuries has not been reported, and his current medical condition is not known.
Dorchester County Fire Rescue, local law enforcement, and the State Fire Marshal’s Office are investigating the fire and have not released additional information at this time.
According to information from the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) home electrical fires account for an estimated 51,000 fires every year in the United States. These fires result in almost 500 deaths, more than 1,400 injuries, and $1.3 billion in property damage. Sixty-five percent of home fire deaths result from fires in home with no working smoke detectors.
ESFI is a non-profit organization promoting electrical safety in the home and workplace. The organization recommends having your home electrical system thorough inspected by qualified engineers to assess safety. It also recommends installing smoke detectors on every level of the home, inside every bedroom, and outside of all sleeping areas. Smoke detectors should be checked every month to ensure they are working properly and have enough battery power.
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