Child dies in overnight fire near Cayce
Cayce, SC (Paul Kirby) – A six-year-old girl has died in a house fire that was reported on Old Dunbar Road just before 10:00 p.m. last night. The call that the house was on fire, which was received at 9:59 p.m., was on Old Dunbar Road near St. James Avenue just outside the city limits of Cayce.
According to a representative from the Lexington County Coroner’s Office, Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher has now identified the victim of the fire as six-year-old Aiyanna Shaw. She was pronounced dead at the scene of the fire.
Callers reported that they thought someone might be trapped in a bedroom of the blazing home even before the firefighters arrived on the scene. The first arriving fire truck and crew from the Cayce Department of Public Safety reported that the single-family home was well involved in fire when they pulled up.
Battalion 2, the first arriving fire officer from Lexington County out of South Congaree, advised county dispatch that the 1100 / 1200 sq. foot home was more than 50% involved in flames. He advised that the first firefighters had immediately gone into rescue mode to try to save the child. Eventually, the child was removed from the home by the firefighters, and resuscitation efforts were made. In just a short while, he came back over the radio and confirmed the fatality on the scene as a result of the tragedy.
Firefighters from Lexington County and the City of Cayce were immediately dispatched when the first reports of the fire were received. A second alarm was transmitted by the senior fire officer enroute that would bring more manpower and resources, including firefighters and additional supervisors for safety, from the city of West Columbia and other Lexington County Fire Stations.
Eventually Wyatt Coleman, West Columbia’s Fire Chief, began directing trucks from his agency to reposition near 12th Street and Knox Drive to cover both Cayce and West Columbia while some of their primary response teams were committed on Old Dunbar Road. A senior fire official from Lexington County took the same steps, moving trucks and manpower to empty stations for coverage, to prevent the county from having unprotected areas during the fight.
SLED has been called to the scene to investigate the fire. This is standard procedure when there’s a fatality in a fire in Lexington County. They are working closely with Lexington County’s fire investigator and the coroner’s office to determine what started the fire.
According to Coroner Margaret Fisher, an autopsy has been scheduled for Wednesday, June 7, 2017.