Easley, SC- On July 2, 2017, the City of Easley Fire Department responded to a report of a residential structure fire with reported entrapment at 551 Pope Field Road. The call came in just after 2 am. Upon arrival, fire personnel observed heavy smoke and fire conditions. Firefighters were met by an occupant who informed us a family remained trapped inside the residence. Firefighters immediately began rescue efforts as well as suppression efforts. Unfortunately, the rescue attempts were unsuccessful due to the amount of fire and the amount of debris inside the residence. As a result, our community has experienced a fire fatality. We will not be releasing the name of the deceased as this information will come from the Pickens County Coroner’s Office. The Pickens County Sheriff’s Office, the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED), and the Office of State Fire Marshal are investigating the fire which is standard procedure for fires involving the loss of life. It took 17 firefighters roughly 30 minutes to bring the fire under control and firefighter will remain on scene with partnering agencies throughout the day.
“The loss of life is tragic in any instance and we are saddened to lose one of our community members. This is our community, our homes, and our family and a fire loss hits us hard. I am proud of the efforts of our firefighters and our thoughts and prayers are with the family during this time” said Fire Chief Butch Womack.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation by the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office and SLED.
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