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One dead, one injured after Irmo area house fire

Irmo, SC (Paul Kirby) – One person is confirmed dead and another has been transported to a local medical facility after a fire in the Irmo area early Thursday. An Irmo Fire District official reported that a house was reported burning at 3:16 a.m. The home is in an established neighborhood close to Lexington Medical Center’s Irmo Urgent Care. Trucks and personnel from the Irmo Fire District, the Lexington County Fire Service, and the City of Columbia Fire Department responded as did officers with the Irmo Police Department. While enroute, 911 telecommunicators informed the firefighters that there was the possibility that two people could be trapped in the burning house.

Irmo police officers were the first to arrive on the scene. They found a single-family, one story home with heavy smoke coming out of it. A police officer tried to enter the home near where a trapped person was believed to be located, but the heavy smoke had banked down to the floor and forced that officer away. Fire crews quickly pulled up and the firefighters went into a rescue mode as flames began coming out of the rear of the home. Those first arriving firefighters were able to locate and pull one person from the burning home. A crew from Lexington County EMS was on the scene and immediately began life-saving efforts to revive the victim. Others were already caring for another person with less severe injuries. Eventually, the attempts to revive the one person pulled from the structure were discontinued and the coroner’s office was notified.

According to a fire chief with the Irmo Fire District, the fire was brought under control quickly. At 5:00 a.m. Thursday, they were still on the scene removing smoke from the home and checking for hotspots. They have had SCE&G remove the electrical service and disconnect the gas. He said that the Lexington County Coroner’s Office was working with the decedent and the IFD fire marshal was on the scene investigating the cause of the fire.

The condition of the person transported to the Lexington Medical Center is not known. We will not release the name of the street where the fire occurred until the Lexington County Coroner’s Office has had time to notify the family of the person who died.

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