Death of man in Berkeley County house fire ruled accidental

A Berkeley County man died in a house fire Monday morning.

The fire was at a trailer home at 500 Beulah Tabernacle Drive, a rural area off U.S. Highway 52, just south of St. Stephen.

Berkeley County Chief Deputy Coroner George Oliver identified the victim as 58-year-old Harry Lee Middleton. He was found near the front door of his home and his body was taken to Medical University Hospital for an autopsy. Results showed that Middleton died of smoke inhalation and his death was ruled accidental, Oliver said.

Middleton was alone at the time of the fire. The single-wide trailer was completely destroyed by the blaze.

The Sheriff’s Office called in the State Law Enforcement Division to investigate, which is standard procedure in a fatal fire, Chief Deputy Rick Ollic said.

Reach Dave Munday at 937-5553.