Man’s body found in burned Colleton County house

A man’s body was found inside a Colleton County house that burned this afternoon, a fire official said.

About 1:04 p.m., a passerby noticed that the house at 2657 Jones Swamp Road northwest of Walterboro was on fire. The home is west of Interstate 95.

Chief Barry McRoy of Colleton County Fire-Rescue said his crews needed only three or four minutes to get to the scene from their station more than a mile away.

When the firefighters arrived, the two-bedroom house built in the 1940s was about 50 percent engulfed with flames. No cars were in the driveway, McRoy said.

Once the firefighters knocked down the flames, McRoy said they went inside and started “overhaul” tasks — the process of ripping apart walls and other infrastructure to douse lingering fire.

That’s when they found the man’s badly burned body in the front bedroom, where McRoy said the blaze started.

The Colleton County Sheriff’s Office and the State Law Enforcement Division were at the scene investigating, McRoy said. How it ignited and whether it appears suspicious was not immediately known.

An attempt to reach Coroner Richard Harvey by telephone was not successful.

Reach Andrew Knapp at 937-5414 or twitter.com/offlede.

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