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Man arrested in deadly West Columbia fire

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WEST COLUMBIA, S.C. — Authorities have charged a suspect in an apartment fire that killed a man in West Columbia.

Police said Wednesday 47-year-old Daniel Dupuy had been charged with involuntary manslaughter.

Officer say Dupuy discovered the fire Sept. 12 at the Granby Oaks Apartments but failed to put it out, call 911 or warn others.

Authorities say 65-year-old Jay Gross could not be rescued from his second story apartment and died from smoke inhalation. Several other people went to the hospital also suffering from smoke inhalation.

Eight units in one building were destroyed. Investigators have not said what caused the fire but say it was not set intentionally.

It was not known if Dupuy had an attorney or when he’d appear in court.