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One Fatality in Overnight Residential Fire in Harleyville
At 11:57 PM on Friday, December 28, 2018, Dorchester County Fire Rescue (DCFR) received an alarm for a structure fire at 133 Victoria Drive in Harleyville.
Crews arrived on-scene within minutes and found a single-family brick home with extensive smoke and fire conditions coming from the structure.
Seventeen DCFR personnel responded and controlled the fire in thirty minutes.
Two residents were home. One resident, identified by the Dorchester County Coroner as Brenda Royal, 73, was found deceased in the home. The body was taken to the Medical University of South Carolina for an autopsy, scheduled for Monday, December 31st.
The second resident was transported to the Augusta Burn Center.
Dorchester County Fire Chief, Tres Atkinson said “we are deeply saddened by the death of Ms. Royal.” Atkinson added, “I am proud of the manner in which all agencies carried out their mission with professionalism in these extreme circumstances.”
The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED), the Harleyville Police Department and Dorchester County EMS also responded to the scene. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
Citizens are reminded to ensure they have, working, lifesaving smoke alarms in their residence. All Dorchester County residents can request a smoke alarm be installed in their home by completing the online request form and/or by contacting Dorchester County Fire Rescue at (843) 563-0214.
Note: Residents who live in the municipal limits of the City of North Charleston or the Town of Summerville should contact their respective departments, who operate similar programs.