Update: Round O man dies in fire | News | The Press and Standard
by The Press and Standard | February 8, 2018 5:00 am
Last Updated: February 6, 2018 at 1:51 pm
A 70-year-old Round O man died in a fire at his residence the morning of Feb. 2.
Chief Deputy Colleton County Coroner Richard Carter said that George William Lee Jr., 70, of 24438 Augusta Hwy. was pronounced dead at the scene. The initial cause of death is listed as fire-related.
Colleton County Fire-Rescue was sent to Lee’s residence at 5:14 a.m. when a passing motorist called to report the home engulfed in flames.
Colleton County Fire-Rescue Chief Barry McRoy said the first fire truck arrived at the single-story, brick veneer residence seven minutes after the 911 call and found the roof of the one-story home collapsed. He added that the fire had apparently been burning for some time before noticed by the passing motorist.
The flames also destroyed three motor vehicles at the residence.
McRoy said it took between 20 and 25 minutes to get the fire under control and several hours more to extinguish the hot spots so investigators could safely begin their work. Firefighters had to establish a tender shuttle to bring water to the fire site.
The man’s body was found near the front door of the residence. McRoy said that he apparently was overcome while trying to escape the flames.
The man’s dog was found deceased in the bedroom.
Fire investigators from the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division and the South Carolina Fire Marshal Office were called to the scene to investigate the cause of the fire. Both agencies are automatically called out to investigate every fire-related death.
Traffic on Augusta Highway was down to one lane for several hours. Firefighters, Colleton Sheriff’s Office deputies and the South Carolina Highway Patrol detoured traffic for several hours.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation.