Mother and Child Tragically Killed in a House Fire in Edgefield County, S.C.
SOUTH CAROLINA - A news article published on wrdw.com reports that South Carolina authorities are investigating a fatal house fire in Edgefield County. According to the report, fire rescue crews raced to the 200 block of Community Road in response to a call concerning a house fire.*
According to the Edgefield County Coroner's Office, there were two victims, a 45-year-old woman and an 8-year-old boy. The coroner's office report states that they passed away from smoke inhalation from the fire.
The Edgefield County Sheriff's Office contacted the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division to investigate the cause of the fire.
According to Fire Captain Wayne Kent, firefighters were fighting the fire in windy conditions but successfully put out the house fire. The cause of the fatal house fire is not known at this time.
The National Fire Protection Association states that smoking is a leading cause of fire-related deaths.
According to Georgia Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner John F. King, people need to change the batteries in their smoke detectors on a regular basis. He said that smoke alarms are an important way to protect you and your family's lives. King stated that a smoke detector's life-saving capabilities disappear once the batteries are depleted. According to Captain King, 55 of 58 fatal fires in Georgia may have been prevented the fatalities had the smoke alarm batteries been changed.
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