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One dead, one injured in west Greenville house fire

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A home located at the intersection of Hudson and Ward Street caught fire Monday afternoon, Oct. 2, 2017.

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By Seth Thomas Gulledge
The Daily Reflector

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

An investigation is ongoing after a house fire Monday afternoon in west Greenville left one person dead and another injured.

Greenville Fire-Rescue responded about 2:15 p.m. to a fire at a home on the corner of Ward and Hudson streets in west Greenville.

Rebekah Thurston, spokeswoman for the fire department, said that personnel were dispatched to the scene after a neighbor called to report smoke. When fire crews arrived at the scene, smoke was billowing out of the home. 

Thurston said the responding trucks quickly attacked the fire. As is standard protocol, responders quickly assessed the situation and began conducting an interior search of the structure, she said.

There was still fire inside the home during the search, at which point firefighters found a body, Thurston said. She said the fire was extinguished within minutes of the department arriving on scene.

Smoke billowed for at least an hour after the fire began. Emergency personnel cordoned off several blocks around the home as crews worked at the scene, and neighbors and community members gathered at the police tape to watch.

At least six fire trucks and several ambulances responded, along with other fire department vehicles and Greenville Police Department patrol cars.

The homeowner was on scene talking to emergency personnel. She declined to provide her name but said she rented the home. 

The house was rented by a single resident, according to Thurston. She said another individual sustained minor injuries, presumably from trying to enter the home to rescue the person inside. The injured person was treated on scene and was not transported to the hospital.

Thurston said the department contacted the next of kin of who it believes the deceased individual to be, but due to the state of the body, the department had not confirmed the identity as of late afternoon on Monday.

Greenville Fire-Rescue, in conjunction with Greenville police and the State Bureau of Investigation, will launch an investigation into the incident, Thurston said. At this point, the specific cause of the fire is unknown.

Once fire investigators determine a cause or source of the fire, it will then be determined if a police investigation is warranted, according to Kristen Hunter, spokeswoman for the Greenville Police Department. She said at this point, the blaze does not appear to be suspicious.

Fire investigators will continue working to find out the cause Thurston said.

“Our hearts go out to the families and individuals involved,” she said. 

Contact Seth Gulledge at Sgulledge@reflector.com and 329-9579.

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