WHITMIRE — A Whitmire man whose body was found at the scene of a Wednesday morning house fire died as a result of smoke inhalation.
In a statement released Wednesday afternoon, Union County Coroner William E. Holcombe announced that around 11 a.m. that morning his office had been called to the scene of a house fire at 283 Goldville Road in the Whitmire section of Union County. He said that several fire departments also responded to the scene as did the Union County Sheriff’s Office and the Union County EMS.
Holcombe said that a man’s body was found at the scene. He identified the deceased as Alfonzo Boyd, 65, the house’s owner.
An autopsy on Boyd’s body was scheduled for Thursday morning at Newberry Pathology Associates.
On Friday, Holcombe said that the autopsy determined that Boyd died as a result of smoke inhalation caused by the fire.
In addition to the Coroner’s Office, the incident was investigated by Sheriff’s Office and the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED).
Sheriff David Taylor said Friday that the investigation was continuing but that he expected it to be closed soon as investigators have been unable to find any suspicious cause for the fire.
Taylor said investigators have determined that the fire began around the kitchen area of the house. While the exact cause of the fire has not been determined, Taylors said investigators found that the victim had several alternative sources of heat in his house including electric and kerosene heaters. He said that any of those could have been the source of the fire.
This story was submitted by the Union County Coroner’s Office.