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Residential Structure Fire at 2124 Oak Top Drive, Gaston, S.C.
Wednesday, February 20, 2013

LEXINGTON COUNTY, SC - On February 18, 2013, Lexington County Public Safety Communications received a 911 call at 01:42 a.m. for a residential structure fire at 2124 Oak Top Drive, Gaston, S.C. The 911 caller reported the Grandmother was still inside the residence with flames visible from the home. Lexington County Fire Service units from Lexington County Fire Stations #5 (South Congaree), #12 (Gaston), #13 (Edmund), and #19 (Pine Grove) responded to the residence and made entry into the structure. The victim was located in the room where the fire originated. The fire was under control at 02:13 a.m., and all fire units cleared the scene at 3:36 a.m.

Family members reported being awoken by the smell of smoke. Investigators did not find any smoke detectors in the home. The Lexington County Coroner’s Office identified the victim as Helen Eaglin, 84. Eaglin’s son, who owns the home, was injured when he tried to rescue his mother. Eaglin’s son was transported by Lexington County EMS to Lexington Medical Center and from there he was sent to the Joseph M. Still Burn Center at Doctor’s Hospital in Augusta, Ga. All other occupants of the home escaped without injury.

The damage to the home was estimated at $30,000. An investigation by the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department and Lexington County Fire Service determined that the fire was caused by a space heater that had been placed too close to combustible materials.

The Lexington County Fire Service and the National Fire Protection Association want to remind everyone to keep all fixed and portable space heaters at least three feet away from anything that can burn, including newspapers, furniture and even walls. Citizens also are reminded to maintain at least one working smoke detector at each level of their homes and in all sleeping areas. The Lexington County Fire Service has smoke detectors available for citizens who cannot afford to have them installed. Please contact the Lexington County Fire Service fire prevention officer at 803.785.8331.

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